Interior Cabinet Secretary has declared October 10, a public holiday urging Kenyans to mark the day with selfless acts of partriotism.
Every 10th of October used to be celebrated as Moi Day after former President Daniel Moi took power in 1978 but was scrapped with the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution of Kenya.
The holiday, not included alongside Madaraka, Mashujaa and Jamhuri in the current Constitution was however, reinstated by a High Court Judicial Review ruling.
Justice George Odunga, in a verdict delivered on November 8, 2017, ruled that Moi Day was not scrapped from list of Kenya’s public holidays and it would be a breach of the Public Holidays Act to not celebrate it.
In a statement to the public on October 8, 2019, Matiang’i said Kenyans would celebrate the holiday as per the Judicial Review 292 of 2017.
“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,” the statement by Matiang’i read.
Justice George Odunga in his ruling on Wednesday November 8, said the scrapping of Moi Day is an illegality and was in contravention of the law.