Moses Kuria Blasts Matiang’i Over Moi Day Declaration

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Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, on Tuesday, October 8, took issue with Interior CS Fred Matiang’i confirming that Thursday October 10, was a public holiday.

The Jubilee legislator stated that the declaration was not good for the economy as it would have two holidays in one month.

“CS Fred Matiangi is totally wrong. To have two public holidays in ten days is a horrific luxury which will dent our rickety economy through lost productivity.

Moses didn’t further see the need of celebrating retired president Mzee Daniel Moi stating, “More so to celebrate 24 years of misrule and despotism. Wrong!”

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has declared Moi Day, a public holiday in line with a 2018 court decision.

Matiang’i’s statement read, “In line with the provisions of the Public Holidays Act (Cap 110, Laws of Kenya) and the decision of the court in Judicial Review No. 292 of 2017 (Republic v Cabinet Secretary for Internal Security Ex Parte G O Nyauchi and 4 Others) it is hereby confirmed that 10th October 2019 will be a public holiday.”

“Kenyans are encouraged to mark the day with selfless acts of service to their community that seek to promote patriotism, national unity, social justice, cohesion and sustainable development in their communities for the benefit of present and future generations,” the statement read.

The October 10 holiday was reintroduced in 2018 after being removed from the list of national holidays following the promulgation of the Constitution in August 2010.

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i
Interior CS Fred Matiang’i

However, a court ruling in November 2017 by Justice George Odunga reinstated the day on grounds that its removal was in contravention of the Public Holidays Act.

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