12 December 2018

Kenya: Uhuru Steps Out for Jamhuri Day Fete in Official Army Uniform - Video

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and Chief of Staff Samson Mwathethe at the Jamhuri Day celebrations.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday attended the 55th Jamhuri Day celebrations wearing the Kenya Army ceremonial outfit, the Red Tunic, as Commander in Chief.

This is in line with Trooping of the Colour which is being led by the 17th Battalion Kenya Rifles, State House explained.

His predecessors, his late father Jomo Kenyatta and former president Daniel arap Moi also wore the ceremonial outfit, but former president Mwai Kibaki never did.

During the Jamhuri Day celebrations, President Kenyatta saluted First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Nasa leader Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka.

President Uhuru Kenyatta offers a glimpse of his choice of attire at the #JamhuriDay celebrations: ceremonial red tunic. #KenyaAt55 pic.twitter.com/n0ezS0Gnrp

- NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) December 12, 2018

Some tweeps were concerned on the cost of outfit that is bedecked with its gold buttons and lanyards.

"How much did @UKenyatta's outfit cost given the fact that he will wear it only today? Am just curious," Fridah @Nashpae posted.

Others were unimpressed

Saddique Shaban @SaddiqueShaban posted; "Just a reminder that previous appearances in full military regalia by civilian Kenyan President hasn't stopped corruption in Kenya. Will the latest stunt make any difference?"

"Diversionary tactics. It's all about military style and fashion not what ails the nation. Not yet Uhuru for Kenya at 55," Sekou Otondi @SekouOtondi chimed in.

Others thought the country is at war.

Anthony N. Ochola @tony_ochola asked; "Is the country at war? Just checking."

Others poked fun at the deputy president.

"Government should find him(William Ruto) his Military attire or be given Boinnet's Uniforms," Luiz Kipkoech Patrick @LuizKipkoechPat pointed out.

"Uhuru has today decided to wear his Christmas attire, following precedence #JamhuriDay," G [email protected] posted alongside photographs of the two previous heads of state in the ceremonial dress.

To others, the whole ritual performed during the opening ceremony was just baffling.

His Nerdiness @hecklemaniac wondered; "Uhuru in Military regalia, corrupt church doing some kind of ritual on our flag? wtf..did I miss something? I thought we were a secular state?... #JamhuriDay"

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