In Summary

  • President Ruto was expected to grace the event.
  • The last minute changes was Ruto represented by first lady Rachel Ruto

President William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua on Tuesday ,October 10th  failed to join Kenyans in this year’s Utamaduni day celebration held at the historical Bomas of Kenya.

President was expected to preside over the alongside other key government officials.

Instead he was represented by his spouse Rache Ruto and other key government officials.

The president has been touring Nyanza region where he commission several development projets.

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The Principal Secretary for Culture, Arts and Heritage Ummi Bashir in earlier communique stated that the celebrations which will also take place in other parts of the country will feature cultural performances and exhibitions, street fairs and food festivals that will showcase Kenya’s rich cultural traditions.

Bashir emphasized the government’s commitment to preserving the country’s cultural heritage.

“Culture is never static. It grows and changes,” she said.

We are therefore committed to reshape our cultural interactions and celebrations to reflect this diversity,” she said and urged Kenyans to turn up in large numbers to celebrate the culture.

“Karibu Bomas kesho(Tuesday)and get a whole new refreshing experience on Culture, the Arts and Heritage.”

The public holiday set for October 10, formally known as Moi Day — named after Kenya’s second President — was first renamed Huduma Day and later Utamaduni Day in 2020 following the Statute Miscellaneous Amendments Act No. 29 of 2020, to honor and celebrate Kenya’s rich cultural diversity.

This will be the first time that the event is celebrated nationally.

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