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Nkaissery extends New Year festivity, declares January 2 a public holiday

Kenyans will have an extended New Year break after the government declared Monday a public holiday.

In a gazette notice published on Thursday, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery declared January 2 a public holiday.

“It is notified for the general information of the public that the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Public Holidays Act, declares that Monday, the January 2nd, 2017, be a public holiday,” the notice read.


The Public Holidays Act states that if a holiday falls on a Sunday, the next day (Monday) automatically becomes a holiday too. This is because Sundays are traditionally off days.

The same reasoning had been used in declaring December 27 a public holiday.

Schools are expected to open for the first term on January 4.