In Summary
  • In his address during the 10th Mashujaa Day fete at the Mama Ngina Waterfront in Mombasa County, the President emphasised the need for a positive mindset for a better tomorrow.
  • He noted that Mashujaa Day is a day to collectively honour all those who participated in the struggle for independence as well as those who positively contributed towards development of post-independence Kenya.
  • The Head of State said Kenyans should continue celebrating their diversity because it has been a source of strength for the nation.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has challenged Kenyans to be everyday heroes in all they do as the country is on a journey that need them all.

In his address during the 10th Mashujaa Day fete at the Mama Ngina Waterfront in Mombasa County, he emphasised the need for a positive mindset for a better tomorrow.

“Kenya is at a pivotal stage in her progress. The actions and decisions each Kenyan makes in the present day will determine whether our nation will achieve the Kenyan dream as articulated under Kenya Vision 2030 that presently focuses on the Big Four Agenda," he said.

INDEPENDENCE

The President said Mashujaa Day is a day to collectively honour all those who participated in the struggle for independence as well as those who positively contributed towards development of post-independence Kenya.

He reminded Kenyans that civic duty is heroism for everyone.

“Be a hero in all that you do, in every waking moment, in every action and in every word”.

The President acknowledged that there is a hero in every Kenyan and that is proven continuously by their achievements on the international stage.

“In each of us lies the seeds of greatness, of heroism.  Every Kenyan should plant that seed in the fertile soils of integrity, water it with hard work and commitment to duty, grow it only in the direction of the light of truth and justice, and reap from the tree only those fruits that have been borne from our rightful efforts,” he said.

DIVERSITY

The Head of State said Kenyans should continue celebrating their diversity because it has been a source of strength for the nation.

“As a nation of mashujaa and in keeping with the teaching of St Francis of Assisi, let each one of us commit to being an instrument of peace, to sow love amidst hatred, to give hope where there is despair, to banish the darkness of our world with the light of our good words and actions,” said the President.

He affirmed the Government’s commitment  to greater fidelity to principles, values and aspirations that informed the struggle for independence and the development that followed.

“We commit to providing each and every Kenyan with an enabling environment to be all that they can be, and to bring out the Shujaa in each and every Kenyan."

KIPCHOGE

During the celebrations, President Kenyatta awarded world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge with the Elder of the Golden Heart (EGH) medal for becoming the first person ever to run the 42 kilometres in less than two hours.

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