- Justice Odunga has reinstated Moi Day saying that its nullification was a contravention of the Public Holidays Act
- The current constitution only recognizes three National Public Holidays
Justice George Odunga of the High Court has
reinstated October 10 as Moi Day saying that its nullification was a
contravention of the Public Holidays Act.
"I declare 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,” said Justice Odinga.
He said that the Parliament had been wrong for forcing Kenyans to toil on a day the law expressly directs to be a public holiday. He said that this amounts to violation of Kenyans rights unless the exception is in section 5 of the Public Holiday Acts apply.
The current constitution only recognizes three National Public Holidays, that is, Madaraka Day (1 June), Mashujaa Day (20 October) and Jamhuri Day (12 December). Moi Day which used to be on October 10 October was removed from the list of Public national holidays following the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya in August 2010.
Here is what some Kenyans on social media had to say about the return of Moi Day;
Moi day is back but you should have ruled it before 10th October— Ngatia Champe™ (@champe_ngatia) November 9, 2017
"Moi Day" waiting for court of appeal to overrule at midnight.... btw the government owes us a week or two for those holidays we didn't observe ama @FredMatiangi let christmas holiday begin from December 4th.— duke of jua kali (@elvis_oduor) November 9, 2017
Moi day tutakuwa tunaingia pale stadi kama tumepewa maziwa 5 litres ya brookside na products za Bidco kama zawadi,tuko tu sawa sisi watoto wa Nyayo,Real Baba wa Taifa— $?B?©T'$ FIN£$T (@Kips_Manu) November 9, 2017
Moi Day will be a reminder of the pain Kenya went through for 24 years because of one selfish dictator. If we celebrate the real heroes of our land, Moi isn't even a cobbler!— Otiende Amollo (@HonOAmollo) November 9, 2017
Moi Day is back,ile maziwa yote mmeboycott sisi kama watoto wa nyayo tutakunywa for freeeeeeee yey— $?B?©T'$ FIN£$T (@Kips_Manu) November 9, 2017
We welcome Moi Day as a public holiday but we cannot accept it as an inducement to accept premature amendment of the constitution. Nusu mkate time ilienda na kibaki— kiprono abraham kogo (@kipronoabraham1) November 9, 2017
If Moi Day isn't back, so should Kenyatta day be reinstated, Kibaki day and Uhuru day should also be created.— phil morizey (@MorizeyGachoka) November 9, 2017
Moi ruled us for 24 years though we never saw any development but enjoyed peace and tranquillity as a nation something that is missing with Uhuruto. Moi day should be a honour to this statesman— Carrington Mwendwa (@CarringtonMwen1) November 9, 2017
Welcome back 'Moi Day' we had missed the Holiday.. A sure way of honoring the most Respected President Kenya has ever had Baba wa Taifa Mzee Moi— Celebit (@Clearegi) November 9, 2017
It is only fair that CS Matiang'i declares one week holiday in honor of the past 7yrs we didn't celebrate Moi Day.
Moi day is back on calendar.......— Thiarara (@thiararapeter) November 9, 2017
Okay after moi day was reinstated yesterday all I'm asking this morning is can we have Kenyatta day back as well? Odunga am visiting you bruh— Freddy Holysan (@Holysan_cityboy) November 9, 2017
Thank You Justice Odunga for bringing back Moi Day as a Public Holiday. My people, the Kalenjin Nation, have your back. We’ll not forget.— Donald B Kipkorir (@DonaldBKipkorir) November 8, 2017