The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Sh500 Million Budget for Kenya At 50 Events

Sports and Culture Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario who chairs the National Steering Committee Kenya at 50 yesterday said the government expects more confirmations ahead of the celebrations to be held between December 11 and 13.

"We are ready for the occasions and ready to take care of the heads of State that will attend since we have put everything in place including security, transport and accommodation," Wario said during a press conference at Karasani Stadium in Nairobi.

Wario did not elaborate on which presidents have so far confirmed attendance.

He at the same time announced that December 13 has been declared a public holiday to give Kenyans more time to celebrate Kenya at 50.

He said the official celebrations will start t on December 11 and run to December 13.

Wario said on December 11 the President will plant a tree besides the one planted by his father and Kenya's first President Jomo Kenyatta at Uhuru gardens. The President will then host a flag and preside over a party at the same venue.

He said the main celebration will take place on December 12 at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani with about 60,000 people which the stadium can accommodate expected to attend.

Wario said the government is spending 500 millioin for the celebrations.

He said Private Sector cooperation have also partnered with the government to ensure the celebrations are a success.

They include British American Tobbacco, Safaricom, Kenyatta National Hospital, Mathare East, Equity, Coca Cola, Sam Sung, Aga Khan, East African Breweries, National Bank among others.

Wario said the East African Community anthem will be played to signify the ascend of President Uhuru Kenyatta as the EAC Chairman.

Wario was accompanied by Principal Secretary Foreigh affairs Ministry Karanja Kibicho among others.

He said during the celebrations there will be music perfomance and comedy from the local talents and perfomance from the East African Community to signify the unity the countries have.

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