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Kenyans in Uganda toast to 50 years of independence

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Kenyans in Uganda toast to 50 years of independence

Kenya’s ambassador to Uganda, Maj Gen (Rtd) Geoffrey Okanga (R) is joined by Kenyan legislators to cut the cake. Photo by Abubaker Lubowa. 

By Emmy Omongin

Posted  Tuesday, December 17  2013 at  00:00

The spirit of Kenyans living in Uganda was rekindled last Thursday during celebrations to mark 50 years of the neighbouring country’s independence at Kati Kati Grounds in Lugogo. The event was graced by senators and MPs from Kenya that had come for the East African Parliamentary Games. They offered Kenyan students scholarships and also fundraised a sum of approximately Kshs52,400 (about Shs1.5m) for the treasury of Kenyans Living in Uganda Association. The night had a blend of Kenyan music and some bit of lingala which got guests off their seats to reminisce the good old music.

The night came to life when the MC broke the good news that Harambe Stars (Kenya’s National Team) had won the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, prompting ululations and jubilation from the guests.

The chief guest, the ambassador of Kenya to Uganda, Maj Gen (Rtd) Geoffrey Okanga, thanked Ugandans for their kindness and generosity that they have accorded to the Kenyans in the past years. “Ugandans have been so good in terms of reception, we (Kenyans) have also been so disciplined and I urge fellow citizens to keep it up,” he added.

A magazine dubbed Karibu Kenya Golden Souvenir that covers the past, present and future of Kenya and the 50 years milestone was also launched. The event that had plenty of food and drinks had a culmination of dance to good Kenyan music.