As the nation celebrates the 57th Madaraka Day, this monumental event reminds us of the great sacrifices made by our forefathers and mothers. Never did they duck at the sight of colonial belligerence.
Theirs was a struggle defined by patriotism, the quest for freedom, and the spirit of Africans for Africa to chart a new and definitive path into internal self-rule.
Thereafter, our founding leaders embarked on a daunting journey to eradicate poverty, diseases, and ignorance.
African socialism was the trajectory we chose into socio-economic prosperity. Thus, our development was guided by a set of national values espoused in the Nyayo philosophy of peace, love, and unity.
However, the resounding culmination of our freedom came with the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution. Besides recognizing the sovereignty of the Kenyan people, it placed a premium on our diverse backgrounds and elucidated our shared prosperity as a people.
It is, for this reason, that gender equality and the rights of minority and marginalized groups remain dear to us.
Consequently, the advent of Devolution was an opportune moment to equitably distribute national resources; uplift the lives of those hitherto marginalized, and spur the local economies. We must, therefore, jealously guard Devolution despite its shortcomings.
However, this year’s Madaraka Day celebration is peculiar because mass gatherings have been prohibited in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19.
On this day, let me convey my deepest gratitude to our healthcare workers. We celebrate you for putting your lives on the line for the greater good of the nation. You are our unsung heroes and heroines.
May God bless Kenya and Happy Madaraka Day.