UTAMADUNI DAY

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10th of October used to be Moi day but later changed to Utamaduni day, following a Cabinet approval to renaming it back in 2019. Utamaduni is Swahili name for culture. This was made in line with the spirit of the Constitution under article 11 which  recognizes culture as the foundation of the nation and as the cumulative civilization of the Kenyan people and nation.

This comes after the day was reinstated as a public holiday in line with the Public Holidays Act after been scrapped. This day is set to mark the rich cultural diversity of Kenya.

The holiday falls on Sunday but will extend till the 11th which is on Monday after interior CS Fred Matiang’i declared the latter a public holiday. According to section 2 and 4 of the Public Holiday Act, if any holiday in a year falls on a Sunday, then the first succeeding day, not being a public holiday, shall be a public holiday and the first day ceases to be one.

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