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Kenya Moves Utamaduni Public Holiday To October 11

Source: The Nation (Nairobi)
Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Fred Matiangi, has announced that Monday, October 11, 2021, would be a public holiday in Kenya, to celebrate Utamaduni Day ("In line with the provisions of Section 2 and 4 of the Public Holidays Act (Cap 110), it is confirmed that October 11 will be a public holiday by dint of Utamaduni Day falling on Sunday October 10").

A couple of years ago (2019-12-19), changes to the public holidays legislation of Kenya, renamed Moi Day into Huduma Day, and this was followed by a bill to amend the Public Holidays Act, Cap 110, by cancelling Moi Day as a public holiday in Kenya (2019-10-08, 2018-10-08 and 2018-10-01).

Then, last year (2020-06-19), the "Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendment) Bill, 2020", sponsored by Majority leader Aden Duale, further changed the public holidays of Kenya, whereby Moi Day would be renamed as Utamaduni.

Note that Sunday, October 10, 2021, is not a public holiday in Kenya, as the Public Holidays Act of 1984 specifies that "Where, in any year, a day in Part 1 of the Schedule falls on a Sunday, then the first succeeding day, not being a public holiday, shall be a public holiday and the first-mentioned day shall cease to be public holiday".

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