Kenya: Mashujaa Day – Government bans celebrations in the county due to Covid-19

The government has banned Mashujaa Day celebrations in all counties due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Interior Minister Dr. Karanja Kibicho said Friday that the public should watch the national celebrations in Kirinyaga district live on television. The event will take place at Wang’uru Stadium in the Mwea constituency.

“The celebrations will not take place in other counties as cases of the disease are still being reported,” said Dr. Kibicho, stressing that the government wants to protect Kenyans. He asked the district officials to make sure the ban is enforced.

During the inspection of the Wang’uru Stadium under construction, Dr. Kibicho, the government takes the disease seriously and wants all containment measures to be followed.

The Sh300 million stadium with a capacity for 10,000 people is due to be completed on October 5th.

Only 2,000 people are allowed to enter the venue to ensure social distancing to contain the spread of the virus.

“Many residents wanted to attend the celebration led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, but it will not be possible because of the disease that is devastating people’s lives,” the PS said.

Dr. Kibicho reiterated that major development projects are underway in the area and must be completed before the celebrations.

“Roads are being built and street lights are being installed in the larger cities of the region. A state lodge, where the head of state will have lunch with his guests, is under construction while Wang’uru Airfield is being modernized. Projects that need to be done perfectly, “he said.

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