This year’s Madaraka Day celebrations will be hosted by Narok County, President Uhuru has directed.
The decision was reached after the Matiang’i-led National Celebrations Committee expressed concerns that the Kajiado stadium construction works may not be completed within the remaining three months as earlier envisaged.
The Committee briefed President Uhuru on the ongoing preparations for Madaraka Day celebrations in a meeting at State House on Monday.
It was attended by among others; Principal Secretaries Karanja Kibicho (Interior and Coordination of National Government), Kirimi Kaberia (Sports and Heritage) Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku and his Narok counterpart Samuel Ole Tunai.
By moving Madaraka Day celebrations from Kajiado to neighbouring Narok, the State seeks to ensure that benefits arising from the hosting of the national event are retained within the same economic block in line with the established trend of hosting some national events in the Counties.
President Uhuru also directed the Ministry of Sports and Heritage to allocate Sh100 million to the Kajiado stadium to ensure its built to standards that will allow it to host national events in the future.