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Moi Day is back: Thursday will be a public holiday

Here is a welcome reminder to all Kenyans. That this Thursday, October 10, 2019 happens to be a public holiday.

So don’t bother going to work, unless you work on shifts.

On Tuesday evening,Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr Fred Matiang’i announced: “Kenyans are encouraged to mark the day with selfless acts of service to their community that seek to promote patriotism, national unity, social justice, cohesion and sustainable development in their communities for the benefit of present and future generations.”

In the last few years, there has been confusion as to whether this day – which is formally referred to as Moi Day – still remains to be a public holiday.

But last year, Dr Matiang’i confirmed the day would henceforth be used to celebrate national heroes and heroines.

“In Judicial Review, No. 292 of 2017 (Republic v Cabinet Secretary for Internal Security Ex Parte G O Nyauchi & 4 others) the Court affirmed that the 10th of October remains a public holiday to be observed as such. Going by this decision, therefore, 10th October shall be a public holiday,” explained Matiang’i in a statement released on October 8, 2018.

However, the powerful CS stopped short of confirming whether this holiday will be celebrated with a national address from President Uhuru Kenyatta as is the case with others national holiday.