NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 19 – The Cabinet has renamed Moi Day, a public holiday marked annually on October 10 in hounor of former President Daniel arap Moi, to Huduma Day.
The new holiday is contained in a proposed amendment to the Public Holidays Act presented during a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday.
The amendment also proposes the establishment of an Utamaduni Day to celebrate Kenya’s cultural diversity in place of Boxing Day on December 26.
Utamaduni Day was among proposals in the Building Bridges Initiative report launched on November 27.
President Kenyatta stated that, Utamaduni Day would enable Kenyans to come together and share different cultural activities that would in turn bring about oneness and togetherness.
He called on the public to be proud of their African culture and embrace Utamaduni Day.
“You know I really do not understand what we celebrate on December 26. I feel that is a western holiday and the proposal to change it to Utamaduni day meaning cultural day is much welcomed,” Kenyatta said when he launched the BBI report.
“It will be an opportunity for all of us to traverse this country and enjoy our cultural diversity.”