A political scientist recently said that the thorn in Mr Kenyatta’s presidency is not the opposition but rather his own advisers.
He was proven right by Madaraka Day when the President turned up in a mobile bomb shelter.
The impression we got from a President enclosed in layers of bullet-proof glass was that there is a bigger than envisioned security problem in the country.
It served to prove the West right when they issue travel advisories and hastily pull their citizens out of the country.
An international TV channel covering the festivities really emphasised this point saying it looked like a President of a country at war.