This year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations is happening in Western Kenya, Kakamega Town. The past national celebrations this year have seen many of the other often “left” towns host a number of these events. Nakuru, Nyeri and now Kakamega, plays host to these celebrations out of the usual Nairobi.

The venue – Bukhungu Stadium is expected to host up to 40,000 guests.

Mashujaa Day is also known as “Heroes Day,” as the Swahili word “mashujaa” means “heroes.”

It was originally called “Kenyatta Day” in honour of Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta, but the name was changed after the 2010 constitution was adopted in an effort to expand the day’s meaning from honouring only those who took part in the independence movement from Britain to honouring all of Kenya’s heroes.

However, the biggest beneficiary in the Mashujaa Celebration 2018 is Kisumu City. It’s location in the great lakes region supersedes any other town, and also having an international airport in its precincts, makes it even more attractive, for traveling into Western Kenya and the region.

Just last evening, President Uhuru Kenyatta landed into the city with his entourage of government ministers and other dignitaries. 

Preparations for this event has been weeks and months ongoing, and this past week saw the preps go into high gear, with fighter jets making noise into the Kisumu City airwaves days on end. Heightened security in and around town, and the many number of dignitaries who have already thronged the town.

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The hospitality industry have taken the icing on the cake! With most of them recording full bookings pre-Mashujaa Day celebrations. This will have positive effects in to the city, better than Kakamega which is the host county and town of this national event.

State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena last Sunday at State Lodge Kakamega, said the President’s agenda during the Mashujaa Day celebrations would be sugar and maize politics that have been a pain to the people of Western Region.

President Hage Geingob of Namibia who is currently in Kenya is expected to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta for bilateral talks, and word has it that, he may also attend this national celebrations in Kakamega Town.

We hope this positive positioning of Kisumu continues and to open up the other parts of the region.

Truly, there is no Western Kenya without Kisumu!

Happy Mashujaa Day 2018!

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