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Kenya Clarifies Public Holidays

Source: Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service (Office of the President of Kenya)
Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Kenya's Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service, Francis K. Muthaura, has issued a memo clarifying the list of, and rules regulating, public holidays in Kenya, following the recent promulgation of the new Kenyan Constitution.

As per the aforementioned memo OP/CAB.45/1A, circulated to all permanent secretaries, and to the media, Article 9-5 of the new constitution provides that Parliament can enact legislation prescribing additional public holidays, beyond the 3 enshrined in the constitution. As, to this date, Parliament has yet to enact legislation contemplated under Article 9-5 of the new constitution, this means that the Public Holidays Act (Cap.110) is still law, though amended by Article 9-3 of the constitution.

The date of last year's constitutional referendum (2010-07-30) and that of the promulgation (2010-08-12) of the new constitution were both declared one-off public holidays, as was the date of the census leading up to the referendum (2009-08-23).

However, since then, some confusion has reigned over the topic of official public holidays in Kenya, with the Kenyan government making 2 seemingly contradictory public holidays announcements last month (2010-12-23 and 2010-12-10).

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