President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday led Kenyans in marking the 57th Madaraka day celebrations.
Being a first of its kind, the event was held at State House grounds for the first time barring Kenyans from Marking the day at the celebration venues. This was inline with the set directives against COVID-19.
During the celebrations, Deputy President William Ruto called on Kenyans to work together to curb the spread and effects of COVID-19.
“Your excellency, as a people we are confident that under your leadership, the government will take the necessary decisions to ensure we mitigate and minimize the effects of this pandemic,” said DP Ruto.
Council of Governors (CoG) chairperson Wycliffe Oparanya appealed for the release of Sh2.3 billion Covid-19 fund that has been allocated to Mombasa, Mandera, Kisumu, Kilifi, Kwale and Kitui counties meant to fight the virus.
“The Council of Governors is in consultation with the CS, Health and the CS, National Treasury to fast-track the release of these funds to Counties and we are hopeful that Counties will receive these funds before the end of this financial year,” he stated.
He also revealed that counties had stepped up by channeling a total of Sh6.1 billion to the Covid-19 Emergency Fund.“As we have weekly updated the Country, all the 47 County Governments are fully prepared to respond to the pandemic,” he said.
Speaking during the event President Kenyatta termed the covid-19 period as the darkest and called on Kenyans to be on their best behavior.
“This corona moment we are in is indeed a dark moment but the founders of our nation required us to be at our very best at moments like this, as we reflect on the progress we have made, look inwards for self-introspection. We should not over-criticize ourselves…If we repeatedly feed our national psyche with negative energy, we become a nation of angry and frustrated people” he said
The President further explained why it is important for Kenya to amend its constitution saying it is a chance to mend where the country did not go right in 2010.
“It is not a moment to replace it but to improve it. A moment that will correct what we did not get right in 2010, We need one that will bring an end to cycles of violence that we have witnessed since 1992. One that will deepen our democratic credentials and lead to an inclusive society” he said
President Kenyatta further pointed out that the country needs to move forward but it is impossible to do so without changing the political architecture.
“If we have done great things. The. We must not be afraid to change the system if it does not help us do this,” he said.
He further pointed out that Tom Mboya cautioned the nation against Constitutional rigidity.
“He argued that a Constitution cannot be useful to a country if it is an end to itself. A good Constitution must be responsive to the aspirations of a nation & be a means to a greater end,” he said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta also hinted the gradual re-opening of schools and places of worship after directing Interior and Education ministries to finalize guidelines and protocols in consultation with stakeholders.