Madaraka day celebrations are held annually on 1st June as a national holiday to commemorate the day that Kenya achieved independent internal self-governance from the British colonists. To expand your knowledge, we are going to look at the top 4 things you need to know about Madaraka Day.
4. It is a holiday created in the constitution
It is one of the three national holidays that have been created under Article 8 of the 2010 constitution. The other holidays include Mashujaa Day (20th October) and Jamhuri Day (12th December).
3. The name Madaraka
It is a Swahili word which means power, responsibility or governance. The name was chosen because this was the very day Kenyans began to get rid of colonialists and rule themselves.
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2. Counties that have hosted the celebrations
Before Uhuru Kenyatta took office, all the national holidays were celebrated in Nairobi County. However, the president announced in a meeting he had with the governors that only one of the three national holidays would be celebrated in the nation’s capital.
The decision would see the government select the county to host the celebration on a rotational basis. Nakuru was selected as the first county to host the event in 2016. Nyeri was selected as the next county to host the event in 2017. Meru County hosted the event in 2018.
1. This year’s event
Narok County will host this year’s Madaraka day celebration. The president and his deputy will lead all Kenyans in marking the celebrations to be held in Narok Town.
Kajiado County was initially chosen as the venue for the year’s celebrations but it was moved to Narok because of infratructural challenges in the county.