President Rajapaksa and First Lady Attend Kenya’s 50th Independence Day Celebrations in Nairobi

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa were guests at the 50th Independence Day celebrations held this morning at the Moi International Sports Complex (MISC) in Kasarani on the outskirts of Nairobi.

Kenya’s independence movement got its footing when members of the Kikuyu, Embu, Meru and Kamba tribes, in 1942, took an oath to fight for freedom. This is what evolved into the Mau Mau Movement, and in 1952, Jomo Kenyatta, the current Kenyan President’s Father, was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for his involvement with the Mau Mau Movement. He remained in prison for 10 years and became Kenya’s first prime minister when he was released in 1962. After Kenya gained independence from the British Dec. 12, 1963, Jomo Kenyatta became the country’s first president.



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