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Monday, 16 December 2013

Low turnout mark Jamhuri Celebration in Sipili


By Bob Aston
The Jamhuri day celebrations in Sipili turned out to be a low key affair devoid of the pomp witnessed in Nairobi. The event which was celebrated at Sipili Grounds on December 12, 2013 was attended by only a handful of people with most of them being government employees.
The highly anticipated day was celebrated across the county as it marked the most important date in the county’s history. Jamhuri day, also called Independence day is the date when Kenya obtained its independence from Great Britain in 1963. The event was celebrated to mark 50 years since Kenya gained independence.
On Thursday night, President Uhuru graced the hoisting of the Kenyan flag at Uhuru gardens, an occasion akin to another one on December 12, 1963, which was presided over by his father and founding President Jomo Kenyatta. The president also planted a commemorative tree to mark the occasion.
The day was characterized by a heavy downpour in Sipili. Most residents continued with their usual day to day activities while others remained indoors due to the bad weather. Most shops opened as usual with business running normally.
‘‘It is good to honour all those whose labour and sacrifice made it happen. We are celebrating in our own unique way by working hard,” said Victor Gichangi.
Most Sipili residents said that they had to work to feed their families. No business around Sipili had a national flag drapped on its wall or any sign that the day marked an important event in the county’s history.
“The celebrations was meant to help Kenya reflect on the gains and challenges it faced through independence so that it can plan for the future. I am glad that I attended the function even though the turnout was not encouraging,” said Peter Wanjohi.
Most public holiday’s in Sipili are always low key with few people showing interest in the celebration.
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