Despite fears of subdued business activity, the park was a beehive of activities with most parents taking their children for horse riding adventures, bouncing castles, and carousel rides.
Mary Njeri, a trader who spoke to local media said business had picked by midday today. “We cannot complain. Business is so good even when you compare it to the last season,” she said.
National Police Service officers were seen patrolling the crowded city park, those speaking to this news outlet assuring of security.
“We’re determined to ensure this festivity season ends without incidents. Security will remain tight throughout this period,” an officer told a local radio station.
In sharp contrast to the masses at the park, streets and car parking slots in Nairobi remained largely deserted.
At the nearby All Saints Cathedral, thousands of faithful attended multiple services to celebrate Christmas, an annual event that commemorates the birth of Jesus.
In his message to the congregation, the head of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit called on Kenyans to support the ongoing war against corruption as they seek to build a just and prosperous nation.
“There’re many challenges we recovered from in 2017 and 2018 has been a great year. We’ve seen revelations on corruption scandals which to me are critical and positive for the country,” he said after leading Christmas celebrations.
He challenged agencies tasked with fighting corruption to do so with vigour saying the prevalence of economic crimes continued to threaten the prosperity of the nation.
“If corruption is hidden and continues to go unabated we will not have a nation,” the Archbishop warned.
The Most Reverend commended President Uhuru Kenyatta for leading the war against corruption saying its success is critical to Kenya’s development.