NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 8 – Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has announced that October 10 shall remain a public holiday in line with a recent High Court ruling.
In a statement, CS however declined to make a pronouncement on the manner in which the day will be celebrated since there is no such provision under the Constitution.
“The framers of our Constitution wisely stated in Article 9(3) that we shall celebrate our national heroes in one day – namely Mashujaa Day – which is set for 20th October each year. By that decision they renamed Kenyatta Day, Mashujaa Day and invited the country to recognise our other heroes alongside the founding father of our nation on that day,” he said.
He further pointed out that October 10 is not among the national days recognised under Article 9(3) of the Constitution like Madaraka, Mashujaa and Jamhuri.
He also noted that as an emerging economy, Kenyans need to optimally utilise their time working and building the nation, “and this might have advised the reduction of public holidays through those amendments.”
“In light of the preamble in the Constitution of Kenya 2010 where we as people of Kenya adopted and enacted the Constitution to ourselves and to our future generations, we need to take pride in supporting economic advancement and the well-being of families and communities.”
He revealed that the ministry was in the process of making proposals to Parliament for the comprehensive review of the Public Holidays Act, Cap 110 but was unfortunately caught up with time.
He stated that the review will address all outstanding matters with respect to public holidays and embrace the spirit of the Constitution in how heroes will be celebrated.