The Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government Dr. Fred Matiang’i declares Saturday, 10th October 2020 a public holiday named Huduma Day.
This is in line with the provisions of the Public Holiday Act (Cap10, Laws of Kenya).
The Interior CS Fred Matiang’i outlined that the day will be observed through prayers that will highlight service and volunteerism to the community.
“Kenyans are encouraged to participate in the prayers and promote national unity, social justice, cohesion and sustainable development in their communities for the benefit of present and future generations,” the statement read.
Initially, the Public Holiday celebrated on 10th October was called Moi Day. Moi Day was removed from the list of Kenya national holidays following the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya in August 2010.
However, it was reinstated in 2017 following a court ruling by the Supreme court which reversed the decision of the parliament. Justice George Odunga said the 2010 nullification of Moi Day was a contravention of Public Holidays Act.
According to the President’s Strategic Communication Unit, the renaming of the national holiday is in line with former President Daniel Arap Moi’s desire that the day should be commemorated as a day of service and volunteerism.