SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H., PRESIDENT ANDCOMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYADURING THE FLAG RETURNING CEREMONY FOR THE KENYA RUGBY SEVENS TEAMAND FLAG PRESENTATION FOR THE TEAM TO THE WORLD ATHLETICSCHAMPIONSHIPS IN MOSCOW, RUSSIA, STATE HOUSE GARDENS, NAIROBI, 2NDAUGUST, 2013 – 11.00 A.M.
BILA SHAKA, TWAWAJIVUNIA!Ladies and Gentlemen,I join you here to witness the return of the flag by our rugby team following a successfulinternational tour and, at the same time, present the flag to our national Athletics squad onits way to Moscow for the World Athletics Championship.Our rugby teams have acquitted themselves most admirably on their outing, and continueto get better at the sport. I am pleased to note that our Sevens was the fourth best teamworldwide at the Moscow International Rugby Board World Cup, while the 15s gave anequally outstanding performance in Madagascar. Both sides emerged best in the continent.Whilst there is still much to work for, I must acknowledge that it is no mean achievement.I therefore congratulate both teams and thank them for making this nation proud. Welcomehome and receive the blessings of an admiring nation. As you prepare for the nextencounters, work hard - and always try – to sustain our collective journey to the verypinnacle of excellence in rugby. I am sure you will, with your talent and experience, be ableto tackle the challenge ahead with panache. Asanteni sana.Ladies and Gentlemen,The Athletics team headed to Moscow for the IAAF World Athletics Championships is nodoubt a fine squad. However, their sterling performance at the Daegu, South Korea editionof the Championship have raised national expectations which are now your burden todischarge. It is not an easy task. But as I have said, we fully expect you to take up thechallenge and renew our pride. This expectation is strengthened by the rigorous trainingyou underwent, and the impressive times you clocked during the team selectioncompetition at Nyayo Stadium earlier this month. I am sad that some of our defendingchampions, including World Record holder David Rudisha, are out of the competition due toinjury and wish them quick recovery.Whereas our expectations are high, we do not take your achievements for granted. Yourworld-beating exploits are now emblems of our national pride, and the role of our athletesin cementing patriotism and national solidarity is a unique national gift. We feel talentedbecause you are talented. Our Unity mirrors your Teamwork. Our youth emulate yourexample, and you are the stars and beacons by which they trace their dreams. Without adoubt, we are proud of you; Bila Shaka, Twawajivunia.Fellow Kenyans,I do keenly follow the progress of all our teams at the international level, and recent trends