Monday is not a public holiday, Interior Ministry says
The government has rubbished claims that Monday, October 14 is a public holiday.
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:
We want a billboard at JKIA showing 1:59:40=No human is limited https://t.co/BiF2XpXcCe
— Eli (@Mainswitch001) October 12, 2019
Dear, Dr. @FredMatiangi. Eliud Kipchoge has proven that no holiday is limited. Surely, an extra holiday has never killed anyone.
— Gabriel Oguda (@gabrieloguda) October 12, 2019
Elias Kipchoge has made us proud, now it is our turn to make him feel what we are feeling : say a holiday and rename a road like Outer ring in Nairobi, Eliud Kipchoge
— john sinyei (@SinyeiJohn) October 12, 2019
Our irreducible minimum,,
We want this photo to be put on JKIA billboard and Monday be declared public holiday!!!#Eliud159#NoHumanIsLimited #INEOS159 #IneosChallenge #eliudkipchoge #Kipchoge #safaricom pic.twitter.com/l2QL0rniEn
— Ismail Farmajo (@IFarmajo) October 12, 2019
https://t.co/Y4LouSJdbV Kipchoge is doing it guys, meanwhile Monday should be a public holiday to celebrate our superman. Please @FredMatiangi Cheza kama wewe. Atleast Eliud is making us proud again. #eliudkipchoge #Eliud159 #INEOS159 pic.twitter.com/Ucx1k5f2Mr
— Tom Muema (@1tommuema) October 12, 2019
A true reflection of Kenya’s resilience.
Make Monday Eliud Kipchoge public Holiday. Mkubwa shughulikia hii maneno😁 https://t.co/TQ7CJGCBUZ
— Calf Gaucho (@CalfGaucho) October 12, 2019
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