Tight security as residents throng stadium for Madaraka Day fete

Security is tight at the Kabiru-ini stadium in Nyeri County where President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leaders will attend Madaraka Day celebrations.

The gates to the stadium were opened at 5.30 am and guests were subjected to strict screening by security agencies led by the military.

Regional Police Coordinator Larry Kieng has said no roads will be closed in Nyeri town to ensure smooth traffic flow.

“We have not found any need to close any roads for purposes of efficiency,” said Mr Kieng.

He however said some routes will be temporarily closed when the President arrives to allow his motorcade to pass.

Additional traffic officers have been deployed in Nyeri town to guide motorists.

President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto are expected to land at Dedan Kimathi University by 11am.

Dignitaries are expected to arrive at the grounds from 8 am and will use different entrances to access the heavily guarded venue.

Neighbouring Dedan Kimathi University grounds has been reserved as the landing area for helicopters.

All guests will be expected to be seated by 9am. Some of the guests expected at the venue are all ministry officials and opposition leaders.

Residents attending the celebrations were provided with transport.

President Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga are expected to share a podium for the first time since they were cleared by the elections agency to vie for the top job during the celebrations.

The leaders will join more than 20,000 people expected to attend the ceremony – the first to be held in Mt Kenya region since independence.

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