Source:Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA)
Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Most recent follow-up news item: February 21, 2021
The Government of Rwanda has gazetted the "Presidential Order N°42/03 Of 30/06/2015 Determining Official Holidays" ("Iteka Rya Perezida N°42/03 Ryo Ku Wa 30/06/2015 Rishyiraho Iminsi Y‟ibiruhuko Rusange") which legislates the list of Rwandan non-working public holidays, their date, and how many days each one lasts, as well as the more recently added annual non-working public holidays in Rwanda.
The aforementioned decree "Presidential Order N°42/03 Of 30/06/2015 Determining Official Holidays" (Official Gazette no Special bis of 30/06/2015), heralded a few weeks ago (2015-05-18), abrogates the "Arrete Presidentiel N°06/01 Du 16/02/2011 Déterminant Les Jours Fériés Officiels" (2011-03-07), which had regulated Rwandan non-working public holidays, ever since it abrogated and replaced the decree which had hitherto regulated Rwandan non-working public holidays, the "Arrêté Présidentiel n° 101/01 du 25/12/2003 déterminant les jours fériés" (2003-12-29), itself a replacement of the "Loi No. 51/2001 Du 30 Decembre 2001 Portant Code Du Travail, 2001" which, had in its time (2001-12-31), replaced the "Arrêté présidentiel no 07/01 du 6 mars 1996 déterminant les jours fériés" (1996-03-07).
As was the case in the "Arrete Presidentiel N°06/01 Du 16/02/2011 Déterminant Les Jours Fériés Officiels", today's Presidential Order specifies, in its Articles 13 and 14, that the date of the annual Eid el-Fitr (End of Ramadan), and now Eid el-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), non-working public holidays in Rwanda will be set by the Moslems' Association of Rwanda ("Itariki itangazwa buri mwaka na Rwanda Moslems' Association").
Finally, the "Presidential Order N°42/03 Of 30/06/2015 Determining Official Holidays" spells-out clearly and unambiguously what happens when each public holiday of Rwanda occurs on a weekend or on the date of another non-working public holiday of Rwanda ("Impurirane y?iminsi y?ikiruhuko n?iminsi y?impera y?icyumweru").
Links and References
Below are links to the news stories referred to in the above "Rwanda 2015 Public Holidays Amendments Gazetted" news story, as well as links to subsequents news stories which refer to the present news story.