Kasarani Stadium was near empty delaying the arrival of President Uhuru Kenyatta by over an hour for the Jamhuri Day celebrations on Tuesday.
The fete was slated to begin at 10:30 but the President only drove in a few minutes to noon.
The stadium was near empty with only few people turning up for the 54th Jamhuri Day celebrations.
As the President walked in, the cheers were noticeably less than what was experienced from a full house stadium on Tuesday November 28 as he was sworn in for his second and last time.
President Kenyatta delayed his arrival by over an hour and online, Kenyans were speculating why the President was late:
Kasarani would be bursting with jubilant citizens, our farmland producing enough for domestic and export markets, our universities would be exploding with technological innovation, our industry would be opening new frontiers etc, the REAL measure of independence!
— Prof J. Ole Kiyiapi (@JamesOleKiyiapi) December 12, 2017
— NotMyPresident (@LouisDenzel4) December 12, 2017
— KENYA’S FINEST™ (@JacksonMboyah) December 12, 2017
So without school buses to transport crowds the Kasarani stadium is empty……#JamhuriDay2017………Kenyans ???
— Old Major (@itsKiragu) December 12, 2017
Kasarani stadium is almost empty!
On a National Holiday
It’s 1030 hrs
Where are the Kumira Kumira people?
— Eric Mose (@ItsMose) December 12, 2017
Wakalee hamjahamia naropi roundi hii….. Mbona kasarani iko half empty…… I never heard in the streets of eltret the usuall phrase “ong’ebee” pic.twitter.com/rfe0fEfhNR
— ArapRator® (@LampardMutai) December 12, 2017
Dear @RailaOdinga, today would have been your day. The empty Kasarani Stadium is a pointer that the people were waiting for you today. You lost yet another perfect opportunity to deflate Uhuru’s ego. Sorry!!
— Eric (@amerix) December 12, 2017