Source:Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi)
Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: October 9, 2020
Kenya's Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua, has announced that the funeral service for former Kenyan President, Daniel Arap Moi, would be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, and that that date had been declared as a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya.
Moi's death came a few weeks after the cabinet of the government of Kenya approved changes to the public holidays legislation of Kenya, whereby Moi Day would be renamed as Huduma Day, while at almost the same time, the Interior ministry was in the process of introducing a bill to Parliament to amend the Public Holidays Act, Cap 110, and cancel Moi Day as a public holiday in Kenya, requiring Kenya's Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i, to declare October 10 as a public holiday, each year (2019-10-08, 2018-10-08 and 2018-10-01).
Recall that, in late 2010, Kenya's government announced that as per the then recently-promulgated new constitution, Moi Day would no longer be a public holiday in Kenya (2010-10-07), as per the elements of the then new constitution.
Seven years later (2017-11-09), Kenya's High Court ruled that the omission of Moi Day, on October 10, as a public holiday in Kenya, since 2010, was "an illegality and a contravention of the Public Holidays Act" and 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", and therefore Moi Day was reinstated 2 years ago (2019-10-08), after a lot of hesitation (2018-10-01).
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