Speaking during the Mashujaa Day or Heroes Day at Wang'uru Stadium in Kirinyaga county in Kenya, President Chakwera said the two countries need to forge a future that will be cherished by the people of the two nations.
"Celebrating this day together we renew our brotherhood in the struggles we face and share, by celebrating this day, we rejoice in the freedom that writes our path for the future, by celebrating this day today we rekindle the flames of love and friendship between our people and by celebrating this day today we reignite the solidarity our nations' founders established," said Dr Chakwera.
President Chakwera is on a three-day State visit in Kenya at the invitation of his Kenyan counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In his remarks, President Kenyatta hailed President Chakwera and Madam Monica Chakwera for honouring the invitation to celebrate with Kenyans on Heroes Day. He said the Mashujaas were brave sons and daughters who fought for the country’s independence and those who are still making the Kenyan Nation great.
‘Your Excellency at the onset I thank you and the First Lady Madam Monica Chakwera for taking time away from your busy schedule to celebrate with us on Mashujaa Day. This is the day we celebrate the heroes who fought for the liberation of this country,” Kenyatta said.
This year's celebration was not held in other counties in Kenya, a departure from the practice where County Commissioners have been leading similar celebrations at the grassroots. The move is to continue containing the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic which has affected many countries and economies around the world.
Mashujaa Day is celebrated on 20 October every year.
The day was first observed publicly in 1959. When Kenya gained independence in 1963, Mashujaa Day was embedded into the constitution as Kenyatta Day. However, when Kenya adopted a new constitution in 2010, Kenyatta Day was changed to Mashujaa Day to honour all the heroes who contributed positively to the development of the country.