Every December 12, Kenyans across gather to celebrate what has become the most important national holiday in the East African Nation.
On this day, 55 years ago, Kenya obtained Independence from United Kingdom.
Jamhuri Day, as is commonly known by Kenyans, is normally marked by festivities that celebrate cultural heritage, milestones and to reflect on the journey since Independence, as stated by the Kenyan High Commissioner to Uganda, Kiema Kilonzo.
“Considering that Cultural Diplomacy is one of the key Pillars of our Kenya Foreign Policy, the Kenya High Commission in Kampala endeavours to use our rich and diverse culture to promote friendship and mutual understanding between our two countries,” he said, adding “We further acknowledge that Economic growth and sustainable social economic development is necessary to achieve the President’s Big Four Agenda which include investment in manufacturing, food security, affordable housing and healthcare for all.”
The Kenyan High Commission targets to have a series of activities in the month of December, 2018 culminating with Jamhuri Day Reception to be hosted on December 11, 2018.
These activities are geared towards promoting relations between Kenya and Uganda, showcasing Kenya’s cultural diversity and promoting Regional commercial integration and enhancing Kenya as a tourist destination.
The activities include Social Corporate event scheduled for Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
This will include a visit to Masulita Children’s Village in Wakiso District aimed at expressing solidarity and support the concerted efforts of the Ugandan people to positively impact the lives of the underprivileged in the society. The mission will also celebrate early Christmas with the children and donate shoes and food stuff.
The donations have been made possible by companies such as Bata Shoe Company Uganda Limited, Grain Bulk Handlers (U) Ltd, Riders Uganda Ltd, and Symbion Uganda Ltd.
On Saturday, December 8, a golf tournament will be hosted at the Uganda Golf Club, Kitante to facilitate a stress free environment for interaction and conversation on trade and investment between government officials, the cooperate world, and other like-minded persons.
This opportune moment will also present an occasion for these companies to share ideas and reflect on the current state of Economy.
The tournament has been made possible by the support of companies such as; Commercial Bank of Africa Limited (CBA), Equity Bank Uganda Limited, Fly SAX, Horyal Investments, Kampala Serena, KCB Bank Uganda Limited, Kenya Airways, Kenya Ports Authority, Liaison Uganda Ltd., Midland Group of Companies, NC Bank Uganda Limited, One Petroleum (U) Ltd., Petro Uganda Ltd., STABEX International, Uganda Breweries Limited.
“This will be a time to reflect on Kenya’s achievement as an Independent Nation as we celebrate the cordial relations that we have with our host country Uganda,” Amb. Kilonzo said.