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Remembering Kenyatta Day now re-named ‘Mashujaa’ (Heroes) Day | Coastweek

STATE HOUSE Nakuru -- Kul Bhushan [left] presents President Jomo Kenyatta with his 1975 book Uhuru Twelve - Kenya Factbook. Looking on is Minister of State Hon. Mbiyu Koinange. NAIROBI -- His Excellency President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta addressing Kenyans and KANU party loyalists [right] during the annual Independence Days celebrations in Nairobi. Nation newspapers senior correspondent Kul Bhushan highlighted. PHOTO - NATWARLAL CHUDASAMA

 

Remembering Kenyatta Day now re-named
‘Mashujaa’ (Heroes) Day
 

NEW DELHI India -- Twentieth October remains a national holiday in Kenya to mark the sacrifices of the freedom fighters, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.

It started off as Kenyatta Day when the father of this nation, Jomo Kenyatta, was released from prison and detention to lead his country to independence in 1963.
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On 20 October 1952, Kenyatta with five other supporters were arrested and taken to the arid North East region where they were tried and imprisoned in 1954 until 1961.

They were accused of holding membership in the revolutionary Mau Mau Society.

Their arrest was considered such an important landmark in the struggle for freedom from foreign rule that October 20 became a national holiday after independence in 1963.

Every Kenyatta Day, he would address a huge rally in Uhuru Park in Nairobi with a military parade.

This was a major national event as pictured. To mark Ten Great Years of independence, I produced a publication UHURU TEN and later updated it until 2002.

In 1975, I had the honour to present him with my Uhuru Twelve - Kenya Factbook at State House, Nakuru.

He was appreciative of my effort and commended the publication.

Later, he was gracious enough to autograph this photo with his signature in green ink.

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For Kenyatta Day, Kenya issued a set of five stamps on 16 October 1978. These stamps showed the scene when Kenyatta was arrested, Kenyatta addressing a mammoth rally, Kenyatta with Prince Philip at the independence ceremony in 1963, Kenya celebrating 15 great years under his rule and Kenyatta watching tribal dancers. PHOTO- KUL BHUSHAN
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For Kenyatta Day, Kenya issued a set of five stamps on 16 October 1978.

These stamps showed the scene when Kenyatta was arrested, Kenyatta addressing a mammoth rally, Kenyatta with Prince Philip at the independence ceremony in 1963, Kenya celebrating 15 great years under his rule and Kenyatta watching tribal dancers.

Today this day is known as "Heroes Day," as the Swahili word "mashujaa" means "heroes.".

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.
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Today, Mashujaa Day is celebrated with a rally at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.

A highlight is a military parade with troops wearing colourful uniforms reminiscent of the red, black, and green on the Kenyan flag.

The president addresses the nation on major issues after remembering the heroes who sacrificed for independence.
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