Monday is not a public holiday, Interior Ministry says


Monday is not a public holiday, Interior Ministry says

The government has rubbished claims that Monday, October 14 is a public holiday.

Also Read: Eliud Kipchoge to have street named after him in Eldoret town

In a Twitter post on Saturday, the Interior Ministry urged Kenyans to ignore a picture alleged to be a Gazette Notice on the same.

Members of the public are urged to disregard any notice or report indicating that tomorrow’s is a Public Holiday. For avoidance of doubt the aforesaid Monday 14 October, 2019 is a working day,” the ministry said.

The photo of the purported Gazette notice emerged after Eliud Kipchoge made history in Vienna on Saturday, becoming the first man to run a marathon in under two hours.

Kenyans had taken to social media to celebrate the marathoner’s achievement with some calling for the Government to declare a public holiday in his honor.

Others suggested that either a billboard be placed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), a road in Nairobi be named after Kipchoge or a monument be constructed to serve as a reminder of his great feat.

Out of the four suggestions, so far, only one has come to pass: Kipchoge will have a street named after him.

“We will of course name a street in honor of (Eliud) Kipchoge because he has brought a lot of joy to our county,” Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno told Citizen Digital.

Below is a list of public holidays in Kenya:

New Year’s Day………… January 1

Good Friday……………… March or April

Easter Monday……………March or April

Labour Day………………. May 1

Madaraka Day ………….. June 1

Moi Day ………………….. October 10

Mashujaa Day…………….. October 20

Jamhuri Day………………. December 12

Christmas Day …………… December 25
Boxing Day……………….. December 26

Two other public holidays; Idd-ul-Fitr and Idd-ul-Adha, are announced depending on the appearance of the moon.

Below are some of the tweets suggesting what the government should do to honor Kipchoge:

https://twitter.com/fidelMunywoki/status/1182946638517735424?s=20

 

https://twitter.com/of_kigooco/status/1182964591510339584?s=20

 

https://twitter.com/mwarango/status/1182535845858951173?s=20

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