10th October is a public holiday, confirms CS Matiang’i

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Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang'i
Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang'i

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has maintained that 10th October, Wednesday will be a public holiday, going by the decision of the High Court. He noted that the Public Holidays Act was enacted before the effective date of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 (August 27th 2010) and 10th October wasn’t among the national days recognized under Article 9(3) of the Constitution, “The national days are Madaraka, Mashujaa and Jamhurui,” he said in a statement, outlining the removal of the famed Moi Day.

He said the decision to reduce the number of holidays may have arisen from the fact that Kenya being an emerging economy, we need to optimally utilize our tie working and building the nation. CS Matiang’i said the Ministry was in the process of making proposals to parliament for the comprehensive review of the Public Holidays Act Cap 110 but was caught up in time. However, he gave no directions on the manner the day shall be celebrated, “Owing to the elaborate celebrations lined up for all our heroes on Mashujaa Day(20th of October)I make no pronouncement on the manner in which 10th October shall be celebrated.”