President Uhuru Kenyatta is today leading Kenyans at Nyayo Stadium to mark Jamhuri Day.
In what seemed like a first in history, the President inspected a guard of honour that donned more than just the ceremonial uniform – the mask.
Others in attendance included ODM leader Raila Odinga, Deputy President William Ruto and his wife Rachel as well as First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
All attendants seemed to adhere to the Covid-19 protocols of social distance and wearing masks.
Also on standby were medics who ensured attendants sanitised and kept their masks on.
This year’s Jamhuri Day celebrations shall not be held in counties as has been the norm.
With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the national government has set out plans to reverse the escalation and win the overall war against the spread of the virus.
On December 4, Interior PS Karanja Kibicho in a statement said Jamhuri Day will only be marked at Nyayo Stadium, with President Uhuru Kenyatta issuing a live address.
“No other national day celebrations shall be held in the country.”
Kibicho added that in the current circumstances regarding the pandemic and in order to adhere to directives and protocols issued by the government, inviting people for the 2020 Jamhuri Day celebrations shall not be possible.
Kenyans are required to follow the president’s address on radio, TV and social media platforms.