Kenyans gathered at various venues across the country to welcome 2017.
President Uhuru Kenyatta had a New Year message for all Kenyans, challenging them to take stock of last year.
“We must be able to remember where we have come from and how much we have achieved even as we continue to urgently undertake a process of transformation during this generation and the ones to come,” President Kenyatta said.
He also used the opportunity to appeal to Kenyans to consider him for another term so he can complete his development agenda.
Deputy President William Ruto, his wife Rachel and other leaders dance during the Pamoja concert at the Eldoret Sports Club to usher in the New Year on December 31, 2016. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP
He said elections will be held in August and reiterated his commitment to ensuring the polls are free of violence besides being free, fair and transparent.
President Kenyatta appealed to Kenyans to be peaceful and to all leaders to preach peace during the campaigns.
Deputy President William Ruto joined thousands of Kenyans at the Eldoret Sports Club in Uasin Gishu County for the Pamoja concert to usher in the New Year.
“As we usher in 2017, we must remind ourselves that God has given us a great country. It is our responsibility to ensure that we preach peaceful co-existence and unity among Kenyans,” he said.
Hundreds of revellers who turned up for the Pamoja concert at the Eldoret Sports Club in Uasin Gishu County to usher in the New Year on December 31, 2016. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Mr Ruto called for unity of purpose among citizens.
“We should embrace peace, tolerance and understanding, 2017 being an election year. I expect that Kenyans will renew the mandate of the Jubilee administration as we realise more transformation. I hope that Kenyans exercise their right to vote and that no matter the results, we put the country first,” he said.
Revellers celebrate as they usher in the New Year at the Naromoru River Lodge in Nyeri County on January 1, 2017. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Mr Ruto also asked Kenyans to work towards a society they could share and be proud of.
“We are involved in the same enterprise, which is to create a better nation. It is this kind of consciousness that makes sense of the work we do as individuals and with others. It makes our competition more sensible and less acrimonious. It is the path to a better society,” he said.
Kisii County Governor James Ongwae cuts a cake to usher in the New Year during a celebration at Gusii Stadium on January 1, 2017. PHOTO | AGGREY OMBOKI | NATION MEDIA GROUP
In Kisii County, Governor James Ongwae joined residents to usher in the New Year at Gusii Stadium.
Residents in Nyeri County also gathered at various spots to bid goodbye to 2016.
Some were at the Naromoru River Lodge, where they were entertained by traditional dancers as they waited to usher in 2017.
There was song and dance as the clock hit midnight.
A praise and worship team lead the faithful at Great Gospel Visioners Church in Meru town as they usher in the new year on January 1 2017. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP