Politeness Principles in President Kenyatta’s 59th Madaraka Day Speech to Kenyans on 1st June 2022 at Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi, Kenya

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International Journal on Studies in English Language and Literature (IJSELL)
Apart from transmitting information successfully, communication needs to be carried out in a way that creates solidarity and intimacy between the parties involved.Politeness is key in communication as it aids in achieving effective communication. This article examines the maxims of politeness principles in Kenyatta‟s last Madaraka Day speech on 1st June 2022. The analysis is based on Leech‟s (1983) theory of politeness. The data is sourced from the internet and the analysis is done by first, reading the speech, identifying the sentences in which the maxims of politeness have been used and describing them in the context of the speech. The findings revealed that being the last Madaraka Day during his tenure as president, the president intended to leave a legacy of the gains made during his 10-year reign. He used politeness maxims to effectively communicate the gains of his administration and appreciate the freedom fighters as well as create solidarity with Kenyans.