Security has been tightened in and around Kisumu’s Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium ahead of Madaraka day celebrations.
An estimate of 3000 guests are expected to attend the event and a majority are already at the venue.
Guests gaining access to the location underwent a thorough security check-in all the seven gates before making their way into the stadium.
Kisumu County Government Health Department staffs were organized at the stadium to make sure guests sanitized and have their face masks on all along.
Vehicles were also not allowed past the perimeter wall fence of the former Mamboleo showground, with exception of those ferrying public figures.
Artists invited to perform during the event included Susan Owiyo, Freddy Jakadongo, Iddi Achieng, Dola Kabary, Osito Kale and others.
Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye will be the guest of honour at the event.
All guests are expected to be seated by the latest 10 am.
Chief of the Defence Forces, Gen. R K Kibochi, EGH, MGH, is expected to arrive at the venue at 10:35.
Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, Sports CS Amina Mohammed, Kisumu Governor Anyang Ny’ongo, Siaya Senator James Orengo among other leaders have already arrived for the celebrations.
Deputy President William Ruto is expected to arrive at 10:45 am.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and the First Lady will leave Kisumu State Lodge at 10:45 AM and are expected at the Stadium at 10:55 am.
The president who landed in Kisumu on Monday will preside over the function as the Chief Guest.