Where Uhuru Spent Moi Day

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta travelled to Ethiopia for the inauguration of the Unity Park inside the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Twitter
  • On Wednesday, October 9, Interior CS Fred Matiang'i gazetted that the country would mark Thursday, October 10, as a National Moi Day. From the onset, many Kenyans were elated.

    The government did not, however, plan about a national event to celebrate the day and so the whereabouts of President Uhuru Kenyatta were still sketchy.

    Kenyans.co.ke has, however, learnt that Uhuru spent Moi Day in Ethiopia at an official event.

    "President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived in Ethiopia to join regional Heads of State for the 'Grand Social Ceremony' and the inauguration of the Unity Park inside the National Palace in Addis Ababa," read an excerpt from State House.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta
    President Uhuru Kenyatta greets his Ethiopian counterpart Abiy Ahmed shortly after touch down.

    The president joined his colleagues in the country including Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi.

    The Unity Park was constructed some 130 years ago during Emperor Menelik’s reign and occupies 40 hectares of land.

    The park has a zoo, pavilions that showcase cultural and historical assets of Ethiopia, traditional garden, residences, halls and chapels.

    It is located at the heart of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital city.

    “Unity Park symbolizes our ability to come together for a common goal and cross the finish line by, creating an exquisite lasting print of our collective worth,” Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed stated ahead of the visit.

    Moi day had been abolished seven years ago but has been celebrated again this year.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta receives flowers after arriving in Ethiopia
    President Uhuru Kenyatta receives flowers after arriving in Ethiopia for the inauguration of the Unity Park inside the National Palace in Addis Ababa.