Many years ago many urban dwellers were familiar with ‘Mayor’s Christmas Tree’.
Before devolution in Kenya , Mayors who incharge of the Cities abd towns would light a tree in the CBD just some days to Christmas.
This signified the recess for civil servants and ushered in the festive season all the way to New Year.
It was also an event to make donations to the vulnerable in society.
The lights of different colours on the Christmas tree symbolised that Jesus Christ to be born on Christmas Day was the light of the World as per the Holy Books.
And now several years down the line, the tradition has been maintained even with devolved system of governance in place.
The county Governors and their Deputies have always graced the event just two or three days to Christmas.
In Nakuru County for instance, Friday December 22, 2023 Deputy Governor David Kones presided over a momentous Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Nyayo Gardens.
The event drew enthusiastic participation from the public, creating a festive atmosphere that symbolizes unity and holiday spirit.
In the spirit of giving, the County Administration through concerted efforts with Consolidated Bank ensured that the joy of the season extended beyond the festivities.
Foodstuffs were distributed to 500 families, reflecting Governor Susan Kihika’s commitment to community welfare during this special moment of the year.
The act of generosity further reinforced the sense of togetherness and compassion within the community.
An event that was also attended by the County Secretary Samwel Mwaura, Soin MCA Hon. Degeulle Elibas Naburuki, CEC Sports Josephine Achieng, City Board Chairperson Stephen Muli, City Manager Gitau Thabanja, CO Sports Pastor Alex Maina, CO Stella Mwaura(ICT), CO Rosemary Kimani(Tourism), CO Gladys Kamuren(Gender) Samuel Ndegwa(Trade), CO Kennedy Mungai (Environment), Hindu Council chairman, Shailesh Sheth and a representative from Consolidated Bank.