Saturday, June 1, 2013

Kenya celebrates 50th anniversary

By PETER ODUOR and CARLOS MUREITHI

Fifty years ago today, Kenya ushered in an era of self-rule after decades of colonial self-rule.

As Mzee Jomo Kenyatta stood up at Uhuru Park to receive the instruments of symbolic transfer of power, the country erupted in song and dance.

The journey from 1963 to 2013, however, has not been all song and dance, but one punctuated by a series of ups and downs. Still, the country has managed to keep afloat, anchored tightly on the strong will of its people and their dynamism.

Today, President Kenyatta leads the nation in celebrating its 50th anniversary as Kenyans look at what those 50 years since independence have been all about, what the things, the events and leaders of the past half a century have bequeathed this nation.