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OP-ED:Twitter reacts to Moi Day, it might be time to reconsider this public holiday

After a week of speculations, Moi Day was been declared a public holiday yesterday (8.10.2019).

The 10th of October will once again be a day to commemorate the second president of the Republic of Kenya, H.E Daniel arap Moi. However, based on the public announcement, less emphasis is being placed on the leader and his legacy, and more focus being drawn towards urging Kenyans to do a good deed for one another.

The announcment that was released on October 8th, and signed by Hon. Fred Matiang’i urged Kenyans 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 their benefit of present and future generations.”


However, it seems that some Kenyans are not convinced that Moi Day should even exist at all.

Based on afew tweets that have circulated online, the idea of a day to commemorate President Moi’s 24 years at the helm of power is questionable and to some, it is even disturbing. Known for several economic scandals, as well as jarring levels of corruption, Moi’s rule is marked with strife and struggle for the Kenyan public. The times that popularized the phrase ‘mnyoke hana haki’ which translates to the ‘no justice for the poor’, Moi’s era is associated with bitter memories for many. And some Kenyans on Twitter might just agree.

But the discussion have brought on conversations on other national heroes who deserve most appreciation. According to chatter on the Twittersphere, Kenya’s thrid president H.E Mwai Kibaki and Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai are more deserving of their own public holidays.


President Moi’s leadership was questionable. However, there are afew thing he did well for the nation in regards to his shuttle diplomacy efforts, giving Kenya its prominent position within the region. Nontheless, it might be time to give some of our Kenyan heroes such as Prof. Wangari Maathai, marathoner Eluid Kipchoge, award winning teacher Peter Tabachi, or even Dominic Troulan the former marine who saved the lives of 200 people during the Westgate attack their dues.

Surely, something should be done to give these heroes their due respect.

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