Madaraka Day Kisumu: Uhuru Interrupts Speech to Restrain Presidential Guards

  • Navy Officer
    A file Image of the Kenya Navy Officer
  • Update Tuesday, June 1: A man attempted to make his way towards the main pavilion at the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium, Kisumu as President Uhuru Kenyatta made his speech.

    The young man was quickly nabbed by the presidential guards who pinned him to the ground and immobilised him before the head of state intervened. 

    Uhuru stopped his speech and instructed his security guards to let him go.

    A Kenya Navy Officer collapsed during the Madaraka Day Celebration being held at the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium in Kisumu on Tuesday, June 1.

    The officer was part of the line-up that comprised of Kenya Navy Officers, Air Force and Kenya Defence Forces.

    In the image, two individuals are seen assisting the ailing soldier. They support him on both sides as they escort him to the ambulance to receive medical treatment.

    Kenya Navy half guard marching past the dais at a past function.
    Kenya Navy half guard marching past the dais at a past function.
    Ministry of Defence

    Usually, the officers in the line-up grace the occasion by marching in a tactful manner.

    After President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived at the venue, he inspected the line-up. The Kenya Air Force showed their prowess by flying the aircraft. 

    The Kenya Navy Officers are mandated with the task of protecting the state from the external threat from the sea.

    At around 10 AM, the stadium was packed with invited guests and leaders.

    Among them was Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye, Deputy President William Ruto, Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.

    Upon his arrival, Ndayishimiye was received by Ruto.

    The Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium, Kisumu is the 5th stadium to host the Madaraka Day Celebration in the country.

     The newly constructed stadium cost Ksh498 Million to construct.

    The stadium has the second-largest seating capacity nationally of 35,000 people.

    KDF officers during a previous pass-out parade
    KDF officers during a previous pass-out parade