President among dignitaries at Kenya’s Independence Day celebrations

President among dignitaries at Kenya’s Independence Day celebrations

Written by Bella Dalima

12 Dec, 2013 | 9:05 pm

President Mahinda Rajapaksa was among the dignitaries who participated in Kenya’s 50th Independence Day celebrations held on Thursday.

Kenya’s 50th Independence Day festivities took place at the Moi International Sports Complex in Kasarani on the outskirts of Nairobi on Thursday.

On Tuesday President Uhuru Kenyatta hoisted the Kenyan flag at midnight to celebrate the country’s independence and planted a commemorative tree to mark the occasion.

President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan, President of Malawi Joyce Banda, President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete and the President of Democratic Republic of the Congo Joseph Kabila were among the African leaders who were present for the occasion.

Kenya gained Independence from British rule on December  12, 1963 and Jomo Kemyatta was the first President and founding father of Kenya.

Sri Lanka’s Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of Civil Aviation Geethanjana Gunawardena and others accompanied President Rajapaksa.



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