H.E. Hon. Kiema Kilonzo High Commissioner of the Republic of Kenya has thanked the Ugandan Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu, for honouring his invitation to the Jamhuri Day Reception held at Serena hotel in Kampala.
Kamuntu was the guest of honour at the reception attended by Senior Government Officials, Ambassadors and High Commissioners, among others.
Also in attendance was Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi, Uganda’s former minister of Information and National Guidance.
Amb Kilonzo called it a momentous and glorious event of Kenya National Day celebration, Jamhuri Day, achieved fifty-five years ago, on 12th December, 1963.
He said on that day, a new and proud Kenya Nation was born after a rigorous struggle put forth against colonial rulers by founding fathers.
He said Jamhuri Day symbolises that historical moment Kenya attained its independence, established self-rule governance and more importantly achieved freedom and liberty to determine its political, social and economic destiny.
“Today we also celebrate and pay tribute to the founding fathers of our Nation and honour them for their outstanding self-sacrifice.”
“Above all we continue rejoicing the resilience of our industrious and richly diversified society that have coexisted for decades. Our unity is our strength that have shielded us and protected us against all forms of threats.”
He honoured and saluted thousands of Kenyan citizens who have significantly contributed to the socio-political and economic transformation of the country.
“Such National day occasions avails an opportune moment to reflect on our past, as we celebrate the progress made. This helps us synergise our efforts as we strive to achieve brighter future.”
This year, the Kenyan High Commission kicked off National Day celebrations with a visit to MASULITA Children’s Village in Wakiso District on 5th December, 2018 to celebrate early Christmas with the Children and donate shoes and food stuff.
“We did this to express our solidarity and support to the Ugandan people for their concerted efforts to positively impact the lives of the underprivileged in the society.”
The mission also held a golf tournament at Uganda Golf Club as part of the pre-independence activities.
“This was also aimed at deepening the friendship between the Kenyan and the Ugandan people.”