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East Africa welcomes new Kenya in style

Saturday August 28 2010

Phoebe Okall | NATION It was a carnival moment at the city’s Carnivore restaurant on Friday night after the new Constitution was promulgated. The host of the Constitution bash, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his wife Ida  got down to the beat, courtesy of the mellifluous melodies of Kayamba Africa (right).  The party began with splendid fireworks displays.

Phoebe Okall | NATION It was a carnival moment at the city’s Carnivore restaurant on Friday night after the new Constitution was promulgated. The host of the Constitution bash, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his wife Ida got down to the beat, courtesy of the mellifluous melodies of Kayamba Africa (right). The party began with splendid fireworks displays. 

By WALTER MENYA [email protected]

Fireworks displays lit up the Nairobi skyline last Friday night as Prime Minister Raila Odinga welcomed guests to a party to usher in the new Constitution.

For close to 15 minutes, the firecrackers lit up the night sky in a fine mix of the colours of the national flag as the crowd cheered.

Hours after the promulgation ceremony at Uhuru Park presided over by President Kibaki, Kenyans and guests from neighbouring countries mingled freely at the Carnivore restaurant, where food and drinks and music were in plenty.

Each of the five East African Community member states sent an entertainment group. From Burundi, Sangwa Amahoro were on hand to entertain the more than 1,000 guests.

There were also Sanaa Tamaduni from Tanzania, Inyange from Rwanda and Uganda’s Kupamba Arts.

Kenyan a capella group Kayamba Africa kept the revellers on their feet with their performances. Mr Odinga and his wife Ida took the dance floor as Kayamba sang a rendition of the evergreen Sweet Elizabeth.

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There were no speeches. They danced the night away.

The PM’s security men had a rough time with people who wanted to shake his hand.

At one point a man who had had one too many walked straight to Mr Odinga’s table, staggering but determined. The guards pounced on him just as he stretched out his hand and whisked him away.

Among those present were Deputy PM Musalia Mudavadi, House Speaker Kenneth Marende, Cabinet ministers Kiraitu Murungi, Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o and James Orengo.