Cabinet Secretaries caught President Uhuru Kenyatta off guard after making an impromptu appearance at State House, Nairobi, to bid him farewell in his last national holiday in office.
Uhuru, in a video seen by Kenyans.co.ke, walked onto the lawn at State House to find CSs lined up, singing in his honour.
The President was heard in the background asking what the event was all about, forcing his communication’s team to swiftly update him.
“What’s going on here? What am I to do or say?” Uhuru politely asked.
“This is a short ceremony to celebrate you, Your Excellency. The CSs are here to listen to you. You can say a few words, thank them and the nation too then someone can say a word of prayer,” one of his communication officers responded before the microphone was turned off.
The President appreciated his CSs for standing with him and working towards securing his legacy.
“This one (surprise) looks different from the ones I am used to. Anyway, mine is to say thank you. It is a wonderful 59th Madaraka Day celebration. We look forward to having a great day, with it being my last Madaraka as President.
“I want to thank each and every one of you. We have worked together and it has been both a pleasure and an honour,” Uhuru stated.
He further reiterated that he would retire from office and hand over power, wishing the next administration well.
“I am confident we have laid a firm foundation for those who will come after us to build a bigger, brighter and prosperous Kenya from where we have left off.
“God bless you and God bless Kenya,” Uhuru prayed.
Attorney General, Paul Kihara Kariuki, said a short prayer before Uhuru greeted all the CSs thanking them for their service.
He then left for Uhuru Gardens to lead the country in commemorating Madaraka Day.