President Kenyatta's full speech at 56th Madaraka Day

What you need to know:

  • On the first day of June every year, we come together to commemorate Madaraka Day. A day set aside in our national calendar to reflect on and celebrate our realization of self-rule after a long struggle against Colonialism.
  • You will recall, once our Head of State was a Queen in a foreign land, and the head of government was a direct appointee of the Queen. They were both answerable to none of us, but today, I answer to your vote, and to the Constitution you chose freely.
  • We are on a consistent march forward and Kenya is transforming into the nation that our forefathers prayed and fought for. Periods of great change are not easy, they are like a birth.
  • Let us undertake today, to be a united and a cohesive society, a society of men and women striving for excellence and who are ready to stand the test of time.

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