Ruto’s first Mashujaa Day as the President of the Republic of Kenya.
President William Ruto presided over Mashujaa Day celebrations at the newly refurbished Uhuru Gardens.
This is his first national event since he was sworn in into office on September 13.
However, as senior government officials streamed into the venue in the morning, the emptiness of the terraces designated for other Kenyans stood out in visible contrast to the busy activity at the gates where luxury vehicles ferried in VIPs, as well as the red carpet leading to the dais.
Unlike in the past, this day would see many Kenyans trooping in to listen to the president.
However, today there were many empty seats at the Garden.
Photos showed empty white plastic seats spread out in the venue.
Pictures courtesy of Nation Media
Some attendees have piled several seats on top of each other.
It is not clear why attendance is low this year compared to previous national events, although a biting economy could be attributed to the poor turnout.
High cost of living
Section of Kenyans have been venting out their frustrations over the rise in the cost of living.
They have been expressing displeasure following the increase in fuel prices, noting that they had high expectations of the cost of fuel going down as they had been promised by the Kenya Kwanza government during the campaigns.