Moi Day in Kenya in 2020

Moi Day in Kenya in 2020
  How long until Moi Day?
This holiday next takes place in 325 days.
  Dates of Moi Day in Kenya
2021 Oct 10, Oct 11
KenyaMon, Oct 11National Holiday (in lieu)
KenyaSun, Oct 10National Holiday
2020 Kenya Sat, Oct 10 National Holiday
2019 Kenya Thu, Oct 10 National Holiday
2018 Kenya Wed, Oct 10 National Holiday
  Summary
Reinstated in 2018 to honour President Daniel Arap Moi, the 2nd president of Kenya who ruled for 24 years.

When is Moi Day?

Moi Day is a public holiday in Kenya observed on October 10th each year.

This holiday is celebrated to honour Daniel Arap Moi, who was the former president of Kenya

History of Moi Day

Daniel Arap Moi was the second president of Kenya and the country's longest-serving head of state, ruling from 1973 - 2002.

Moi Day is celebrated on October 10th to mark his coming to power after the death in August 1978 of founding president Jomo Kenyatta.

Moi Day was removed from the list of Kenya national holidays following the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya in August 2010. 

However, it was reinstated in 2017 following a court ruling by the Supreme court, which reversed the decision of the parliament. Justice George Odunga said the 2010  nullification of Moi Day was a contravention of Public Holidays Act.

Justice Odunga noted that if parliament was of the view that Moi Day ought not to continue being considered as a public holiday, they should have amended the Act accordingly.

"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."

Judge Odunga said Parliament had been wrong for not making amendments and forcing Kenyans to "toil on a day the law expressly directs to be a public holiday amounts to a violation of their rights unless the exception in section 5 of the Public Holiday Acts applies".

The ruling followed a case which was filed by Gregory Nyauchi against the Cabinet Secretaries for Interior, East Africa Community, Labour, and the Attorney General.

The University of Nairobi’s School of Law graduate said he was motivated to go to court to make a point that all Kenyans are equal before the law. 

"This was a case no other lawyer had done. So I invested my time to do some legal research and paid Sh10,000 (about $98) as court filing fees. I wasn’t sure it could come to this," said Mr Nyauchi, who joined the bar in 2015.

Justice George Odunga did not specify how the holiday should be celebrated leaving the matter to Parliament and the Interior Cabinet Secretary. Not surprisingly Moi Day was observed in 2018 without much government fanfare.

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