‘Kenyans Can Now Continue Celebrating Moi Day Every October 10’ – High Court Judge

Kenyans can continue celebrating Moi Day every October 10, a High Court judge has ruled.

Judge George Odunga on Wednesday, November 8 declared it an illegality a move to scrap October 10 from the list of Public Holidays.

“Accordingly and subject to what I have stated herein above, the order which commends itself to me and which I hereby grant is a declaration that the omission to have the 10th day of October observed as a Public Holiday is an illegality and in contravention of section(1) as read with part 1 of the Schedule to the Public Holidays Act,” said Odunga in his ruling.

He however said he could not determine how Moi Day should be celebrated and left it to Parliament and the Interior Cabinet Secretary.

“I further declare that unless and until Parliament amends Schedule 1 of the said Act or the minister substitutes the same for another date, the 10th of October in each year shall continue being a Public Holiday,” the Judge further ruled.

Moi Day was once a Public Holiday marked each 10th day of October in honour of retired President Daniel Arap Moi.

It was followed by Kenyatta Day which was celebrated on October 20 in memory of the first President of Kenya, the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

But Moi Day was scrapped following the promulgation of the Constitution in 2010.

Kenyatta Day was renamed Mashujaa Day to celebrate past and current heroes in Kenya.


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