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Top Newspaper Headlines for June 1: Uhuru to lead 58th Madaraka Day celebrations in Kisumu

The country’s top newspapers widely reported on the 58th Madaraka Day celebrations held in Kisumu with only 3,000 invited guests allowed into the venue.

The dailies also reported about the helicopter that crashed moments after dropping ODM leader Raila Odinga.

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People Daily

President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to lead the 58th Madaraka Day celebrations which is held in Kisumu.

Speaking to hournalists, Nyanza regional commissioner Magu Mutundika said the invited 3,000 guests would be allowed into the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium in adherence to the COVID-19 health protocols.

Also expected to grace the event is Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye.

Taifa Leo

According to the Swahili publication, millions of Kenyans are languishing in poverty 58 years since gaining independence.

The daily noted that many Kenyans will be celebrating without any thing to write home.

Madaraka Day is a national holiday celebrated every 1 June of every year in Kenya.

It commemorates the day in 1963 that Kenya attained internal self-rule after being a British colony since 1920.

The Star

The newspaper reported about the refurbished KSh 3 billion Kisumu Port neglected for decades.

The refurbishment began in 2019, ans is deemed as a handshake project with the revival of the port being the launch of the revitalised wagon ferry, MV Uhuru and the Kisumu Kenya Shipyard Limited.

On Monday, May 31, Uhuru launched the shipyard and the construction of MV Uhuru 2 built from scratch by the Kenya Navy and a Dutch company dubbed Damen Civil Works.

The launch of the refurbished Kisumu port is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs for locals and boost the ferrying of goods across the East African region.

The Standard

The publication reported on the helicopter that crashed moments after dropping ODM leader Raila Odinga in Gem.

The helicopter, Bell 407, registration 5Y-PSM, captained by Julius Mwambanga, dropped the ODM leader in Kudho Primary School before it crashed while trying to lift off.

With the crash causing a lot of curiosity, an aviation expert told the publication that the hiring of pilots flying helicopters by politicians is done so casually a lot of the time.

There were no fatalities.

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Daily Nation

The daily focused on how Kisumu stepped forward to play host to the 58th Madaraka Day celebrations.

This is the first time Kisumu is hosting the celebrations.

The newspaper also highlighted how visiting Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye was accorded a red carpet and 21-gun salute upon his arrival in Kisumu.

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