They braved the rains and the bone-chilling temperatures ahead of the 9 am commencement of the much-awaited fete which will only allow 3,000 invited guests into the 25,000 capacity stadia.
The order of events during the 57th Mashujaa Day will be as follows:
1.9.00 a.m. Guests and wananchi are seated at Gusii Stadium
2. 10.30 a.m. The arrival of Service Commanders.
3. 10.35 a.m. Chief of the Defence Forces, Gen. R. K. Kibochi, M.G.H., C.B.S., ‘ndc’ (K), ‘psc’ (UK), arrives at Gusii Stadium.
4. 10.35 a.m. The Governor of Kisii County, Gov. James Ongwae, C.B.S., arrives at Gusii Stadium.
5. 10.40 a.m. Cabinet Secretaries; the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court, Hon. Justice David K. Maraga, E.G.H.; Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Justin Muturi, E.G.H., M.P. and Speaker of the Senate, Hon. Kenneth Lusaka, E.G.H., M.P., arrive and are escorted to their seats.
6. 10.40 a.m. Guard of Honour marches into position.
7. 10.45 a.m. The Deputy President, Hon. Dr William Ruto, E.G.H., arrives at Gusii Stadium.
8. 10.55 a.m. The State motorcade arrives at Gusii Stadium.
9. On arrival, Their Excellencies the President, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, C.G.H. and the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta are met by Chief of the Defence Forces, Gen. R. K. Kibochi, M.G.H., C.B.S., “ndc’ (K), ‘psc’ (UK).
10. His Excellency the President is escorted to the Ceremonial Vehicle by the Chief of the Defence Forces.
11. Her Excellency the First Lady is escorted to the Presidential Dais.
12.His Excellency President greets wananchi.
13.His Excellency the President mounts the Ceremonial Dais.
14. NATIONAL ANTHEM.
EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY ANTHEM.
15. His Excellency the President inspects the Guard of Honour.
16. His Excellency the President proceeds to the Presidential Dais.
17. The Guard of Honour marches off.
18. Fly-past by the formation of the KDF Aircraft.
21. The Governor of Kisii County, Gov. James Ongwae, C.B.S., makes brief remarks and invites the Deputy President to speak.
22. The Deputy President, Hon. Dr William Ruto, E.G.H., speaks and invites His Excellency the President to address the Nation.
23. His Excellency the President, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, C.G.H., addresses the Nation.
24. NATIONAL ANTHEM.
25. State Motorcade leaves Gusii stadium for the County Commissioner’s residence
26. State Garden party