We come together on this 59th Jamhuri Day to celebrate our freedom.
It is the first national day celebration dedicated to a theme that is relevant to our
national aspirations. Our futuristic theme today revolves around Technology and
Innovation. The promise of innovation is to enable us connect, innovate and
inspire. As we enter the sixth decade of independence, we can proudly cite many
achievements and impressive progress made through our own consistent efforts as
evidence that our freedom struggle was neither an empty political adventure nor a
reaction born of idle resentment. We gather as a nation to commune with our forefathers, who were long suffering
innocent victims of imperial plunder and colonial oppression, yet also heroic
defenders of our inalienable sovereignty and valiant fighters for our freedom. On
Jamhuri Day, we celebrate the moment when Kenya proclaimed itself a free
democratic republic. It is also a time to reflect deeply on the founding aspirations
of our nation.