Today Kenya marked the 59th Mashujaa Day Celebrations. This day is set aside to commemorate the gallant Kenyans who took part in struggle for independence which saw Kenya being an Independent country in 1963. Mashujaa is a Swahili word for Patriots.
This year’s national celebration was taken to Kericho County in a move that was started by government to ensure government functions are taken closer to the people by organizing them in different counties. Kericho Green Stadium was the venue and in such situations, a lot of resources are put in place to prepare the venue to meet the national standards to host government officials led by president and even other dignitaries invited by president.
Apart from the stampede that occurred at the venue, another incident that has left Kenyans talking is the state of the stadium despite government spending over ksh. 1.5 billion for its facelift ahead of the event. As per photos shared on social media, the stadium was full of stagnant water and other areas were full of deep mud that left attendees quite dirty.
Questions are now being asked on who gave the tender and to who so that such a shoddy job was done. Many Kenyans are arguing that the stadium was still not ready to hold the event and the county officials who pushed for it just brought shame to themselves.