Embu Campus celebrates Jamhuri day amidst reflectionKSG-admin
By Mary Njenga
Fifty seven years ago, Kenya attained independence. The republic has registered numerous achievements and transformations to boast about.
Jamhuri Day is one of the most important national holidays in Kenya as the nation marks its independence from Great Britain on December 12, 1963. It is the same day that the country was admitted into the Commonwealth as a republic in 1964.
At the Kenya School of Government Embu Campus, an open forum for the staff and participants was held in commemoration of the day. Dr. Ann Kang’ethe, the Campus Director said that every responsible Kenyan should appreciate the great effort and sacrifice of the forefathers, who selflessly fought for the freedom of our country.
“We owe our current status to the heroes who were imprisoned, detained and even died as the ultimate price for freedom. They had envisioned a better self-governed nation that is free from poverty, illiteracy and disease. They achieved the freedom which created a better environment for elected leaders to actualize their (freedom fighters) vision,” she said.
She stated that the School has a great role to play in instilling relevant skills and culture to public officers to be the catalysts of change that Kenya needs to mature politically, economically and socially.
The Embu North Sub-County Deputy County Commissioner Mr. Jeremiah Tumo, who was the guest speaker at the forum, admitted that majority of Kenyans do not understand what to celebrate on Jamhuri Day. “Usually, this date is marked with feasts, political speeches, parades, traditional entertainment, awarding of distinguished Kenyans, all these is in appreciation of our diverse cultural heritage which we have been able to enjoy since we gained independence as a country,” said Mr. Tumo.
He observed that Kenya has greatly evolved since its independence and that the significant political, structural and economic reforms have led to sustained economic growth, social development and political gains.
Mr. Tumo further shed light on some of the accomplishments that Kenya boasts of starting with the infrastructure which has enormously developed with the continuous construction and renovation of the roads, railway lines, airports and airstrips, electricity connection, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) development.
“We can now take pride in Thika superhighway, several bypasses, thousand kilometres of roads, the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), the revamped Kenya Railway, renovated airports and airstrips and, the recent Likoni Floating Bridge as evidence of a nation that is fast developing,” he said.
He argued that the infrastructure had enhanced accessibility and created favourable business environment for both local and international investors thereby contributing to growth of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. According to him, enhancement and the strong security, through the reformed and transformed police force that is more empowered and equipped, is a milestone that has ensured the stability of Kenya. This, he said, has led to Kenya being engaged in peace keeping in other countries in Africa and has, in return, attracted tourism and, made Nairobi a hub of worldwide conferences.
Notably, he said, almost all Sustainable Development Goals have been tackled with some fully accomplished. In addition, he observed that the Big Four Agenda prioritizing food security, manufacturing, affordable universal healthcare and affordable housing is an initiative worth honouring.
The Deputy County Commissioner said that Kenyans should choose to celebrate what the country has achieved and cheer the leaders on to overcome the many challenges experienced in the past. “It is an honour that despite this hard hitting COVID–19 pandemic, the School had a unique way to walk down the memory lane and reflect on the country’s achievements over the decades.”
Mr. Tumo, who has previously trained at the School, affirmed that the training is not only informative but also transformative as it has led his journey from a Division Officer to his current position as a Deputy County Commissioner.
Embu Campus Deputy Director Dr. Fredrick Mukabi confessed that the session triggered some sense of pride as the history illuminated on the sacrifices made during the struggle and the sweet fruits of independence. “We might not have appreciated much, but upon reflection, the government has achieved a lot. We might not be where we would have wished, but slowly we are heading there. With technology and infrastructure that the government has laid down, we have the potential to enrich the future history,” Dr. Mukabi concluded.