His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia and County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich today led residents in Madaraka Day celebrations at Ol’Kalou Stadium, Ol’Kalou Sub- County.
Madaraka Day celebrations are marked to commemorate the day Kenya attained internal self-rule in 1963.
The Country later gained her independence from Great Britain on December 12, 1963.
Governor Kimemia hailed Mau Mau veterans in attendance, including Mama Mukami, widow of slain leader of the resistance, Field Marshall Dedan Kimathi.
“It’s our responsibility to maintain their honour and dignified access to the basics of life, including the stipend for the elderly,” he said.
In addition to being a theatre of the famous war, the County also hosted the Nyandarua Defence Council, a key plank of the resistance movement.
Since his election last August, Governor Kimemia has personally footed bills for restorative surgery for some of the veterans, while mobilizing them to freely sign up with the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).
Tears flowed freely for some within the audience when a confident Mama Mukami briefly greeted the audience and proclaimed a blessing on the County.
Governor Kimemia noted that his manifesto has since been codified into the second County Integrated Development Plan (2018-2022).
“Full implementation of the pledges I made is underway across all sectors. Nyandarua will be a model County,” he said.
The County head challenged all elected leaders to focus on service delivery to Wanjiku and shun divisive politics.
The day was simultaneously celebrated in Sub-Counties, led by members of the County Executive Committee.