President Uhuru leads the nation in marking Mashujaa Day as Kenyans remain...

President Uhuru leads the nation in marking Mashujaa Day as Kenyans remain skeptical

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday led the nation in celebrating the 3rd Mashujaa Day under his Jubilee Administration with calls to Kenyans to tolerate and celebrate one another by saying no to negative ethnicity and tribal politics.

He challenged Kenyans also to engage more on important issues which would unite the nation and help sustain  the government’s development agenda.

However Kenyans marked the day with reflections and high hopes of overcoming many challenges facing the nation including insecurity and poverty.

Many of them however, seems to have lost hope of a better future as they reflect on a long journey of building a nationhood.

In Mombasa few residents interviewed by Baraka FM showed discontentment with how few communities could be allowed to dominate national resources yet all Kenyans contributed in one way or the other in the struggle for the country’s independence.

Mohamed Swaleh,  a Mombasa resident says many Kenyans are still languishing in adverse poverty as few communities continue to benefit from government posts and national resources such as land.

“Its Mashujaa Day but just a few communities benefited from it. They benefited from land, governmental, posts while the rest have nothing to show of Mashujaa” said Mr. Swalleh.

Others say they better celebrate their parents and other people who have influenced their lives in one way or the other rather than to the nation.

“My Hero is my Mum, she gave birth to me and raised me to whom I am today, so my Heroine is my mum” said Maimuna Mwalimu a Mombasa resident.

Mashujaa Day, also known as Heroes’ Day, is a national day observed on 20 October as a public holiday to collectively honour those who contributed towards the struggle for Kenya’s independence or positively contributed in the post independence Kenya.

It was previously known as Kenyatta Day, which was celebrated to commemorate the detention in Kapenguria of six freedom fighters Achieng’ Oneko, Bildad Kaggia, Fred Kubai, Jomo Kenyatta, Kung’u Karumba and Paul Ngei, often referred to as the Kapenguria Six.

However, following the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya in August 2010, Kenyatta Day was renamed to Mashujaa Day {Heroes Day}