President Kenyatta on Monday led the nation in marking the 53rd Jamhuri Day celebrations at Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi.

In counties, governors and county commissioners took charge of the event that commemorates the day Kenya got independence from Britain on December 12, 1963.

Togolese President Fare Essozimna Gnassingbe attended the Nyayo event as one of President Kenyatta’s special guests.

The programme was disrupted by rains that drenched the city mid morning, with Deputy President inviting Mr Kenyatta to address the nation without giving any remarks.

Entertainment, which features prominently in the programme, did not get enough time in the rush.

However, the Kenya Defence Forces got a chance to display to the nation their skills, including trooping of the colour.

In his speech, President Kenyatta urged Kenyans to maintain peace and remain united ahead of the 2017 elections.

He fired a warning shot to foreign countries he said were planning to influence the outcome of the polls by funding shadowy projects.