Uhuru's Big Surprise For Kenyans on Mashujaa Day

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to honour 180 Kenyans during Mashujaa Day celebrations that will take place on Sunday, October 20 in Mombasa. File
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta through the Ministry of Interior prepared a surprise package for Kenyans for Mashujaa Day celebrations.

    The ministry in a tweet on Saturday, October 19, reported that a number of Kenyans would be awarded as Shujaas during the ceremony

    "Besides the 180 mashujaa drawn from different parts across the country, all our heroes and heroines - the famous and the unsung, young and old, regardless of tribe or race - will be celebrated during Mahujaa Day that will be held tomorrow (Sunday, October 20) at Mama Ngina Waterfront Park," the tweet read.

    Eliud Kipchoge when he finished the INEOS159 challenge in under two hours on Saturday, October 12.
    Eliud Kipchoge when he finished the INEOS 1:59 challenge in under two hours on Saturday, October 12.

    Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho also informed that everything was ready for the celebrations in Mombasa.

    ."I can confirm that everything at Mama Ngina Waterfront Park is ready for Mashujaa Day celebrations tomorrow (Sunday, October 20). Since we expect a high turnout, we have created a space big enough to accommodate all Kenyans who are planning to join us in marking this momentous day," Kibicho also posted on his Twitter.

    Kibicho, however, failed to disclose some of the individuals whom the president would honour on the day, claiming that it would be a surprise.

    Despite the secrecy, marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge's arrival at the Coast on Saturday, October 19, gave Kenyan much to speculate about. 

    Kipchoge made the country proud on Saturday, October 12, when he ran a distance of 42km in under two hours, a feat no human had ever accomplished.

    The marathoner clocked 1:59:40 in the INEOS1:59 Challenge and received congratulatory messages from World leaders including President Barack Obama and President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    There was also a debate that Peter Tabichi, who came into the limelight in 2019 when he won the Global Teacher Prize,  was tipped to be recognised.

    Selfless service to his students at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School gave him the opportunity to meet US President Donald Trump.

    President Kenyatta, who will preside over the celebrations, arrived in Mombasa on Friday, October 18 to launch various projects in the area ahead of Mashujaa Day.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta when he welcomed Peter Tabichi at the State House after winning the Global Teacher Prize on March 30, 2019. Photo: The Standard.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta when he welcomed Peter Tabichi at State House on March 30, 2019, after winning the Global Teacher Prize on. Photo: The Standard.