“Our children may learn about the heroes of the past. Our task is to make ourselves the architects of the future,” – Jomo Kenyatta, following the declaration of a state of emergency by the British colonialists on October 20, 1952.
Article 9 of the Constitution states that ‘Mashujaa Day’ (Heroes Day) is to be observed on the 20th October of every year as a national day which makes it a public holiday in Kenya. Mashujaa Day is particularly important since the assent of the Kenya Heroes Act because several Kenyans are selected to receive presidential awards for the contributions to Kenya. The Minister responsible for the Heroes’ Act, the Sports, Culture and Arts Cabinet Secretary Dr. Hassan Wario has already set up the National Heroes Council under the Act which responsible for this process.