What Kenyans are saying about Moi Day holiday

What Kenyans are saying about Moi Day holiday
File image of former President Daniel Moi. PHOTO| COURTESY

Moi Day is a holiday set aside to honor Kenya’s second President Daniel arap Moi.

Though the day had been struck out of the public holidays list after the promulgation of the new Constitution in 2010, the High Court later rescinded the move.

“I hereby grant a declaration that the omission to have the 10th day of October observed as a public holiday is an illegality and in contravention of Section 2(1) as read with part 1 of the schedule to the Public Holidays Act,” Justice George Odunga ruled on November 8, 2017.

“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,” he added.

This is after one Gregory Nyauchi moved to court to challenge the decision to stop observing Moi Day as a public holiday.


On Thursday, Kenyans took to Twitter reliving memories of when the country was under President Moi’s rule.

Donald Kipkorir said: ”On this beautiful Moi Day, I remember with nostalgia my President, President Daniel Arap Moi … Some may want to remember the negatives but I choose to remember his positives knowing we all are human and we all have our foibles … Unlike many of his age, Moi handed over power.

A day to look back at the achievements Kenya managed under Rtd President Moi’s reign. Regardless of the challenges, there was sobriety in party politics and patriotism had to come up even in the nursery classes. Happy Moi Day to all,” Agnes Kagure noted.

Gideon Kitheka said: ”Moi was the Darling of all people and we shall forever miss him and his leadership.

He started secondary schools almost in every district in Kenya, Universities, recreational facilities and so many. He also played a big role in the building of church infrastructure,” Kipkoech Ruto added.


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