Madaraka Day: Kisumu Residents Protest Ahead of Uhuru Arrival

  • Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium
    A file Image of the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium, Kisumu
  • A section of Kisumu County residents held protests outside the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium, Mamboleo on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

    The residents decried that they had not been allowed inside the stadium where President Uhuru Kenyatta will preside over the Madaraka Day celebrations. 

    In the video seen by, the police are seen trying to disperse the people from the main gate.

    The new Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium under construction in Kisumu County
    The new Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium under construction in Kisumu County.

    "During campaigns, coronavirus is not an issue and that is when you need us. But today we are not allowed inside the stadium," stated one man.

    "We have been here since morning. We are being denied entry into the stadium, all we want is to celebrate Madaraka," lamented one protestor.

    Only citizens with an invitation card were allowed inside the stadium. 

    The number of citizens attending the event was reduced from 30,000 to 3000 people.

    Statehouse Spokesperson, Kanze Dena explained that the move was as a result of the detection of the Indian variant in the region.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to arrive at 11 PM. The event will take less than two hours.

    Burundi President, Evariste Ndayishimiye will grace the occasion as the Guest of Honour.

    The two head of states addressed the media on Sunday, May 21, at the State Lodge, Kisumu.

    They unveiled their plans to work together and enhance collaboration in the countries.

    The two countries vowed to collaborate on matters agriculture, livestock, fisheries, foreign affairs, and education