Madaraka Day: Kisumu Residents Protest at the Venue of the Celebrations Ahead of Uhuru Arrival (Video)

File Image of the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium, Kisumu

A section of Kisumu County residents took to the streets in protest on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 ahead of Madaraka Day celebrations that will be presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto.

The irate residents lamented that they had not been allowed inside the stadium where President Uhuru Kenyatta will preside over the Madaraka Day celebrations and will instead follow the proceedings from the screen like the rest of Kenyans despite the event being held in the lake side city. 

A video seen by Kenya Leo shows police clearing the crowd from the main entrance of the venue of the Madaraka Day celebrations with security tight.

“During campaigns, coronavirus is not an issue and that is when you need us. But today we are not allowed inside the stadium,” stated one man.

“We have been here since morning. We are being denied entry into the stadium, all we want is to celebrate Madaraka,” lamented one resident.

In a move aimed at safeguarding the public in the middle of a pandemic, only citizens with an invitation card were allowed inside the stadium. 

The number of citizens attending the event was reduced from 30,000 to 3000 people.

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