Governor Declares Second Holiday in Honour of Moi

  • Nandi Governor Stephen Sang declared Wednesday, February 12, 2020, a holiday for all county workers in honour of the late former President Daniel Arap Moi.

    Speaking from his office in Nandi, Sang conveyed his message of condolence, on behalf of the county, to the former president's family, whom he eulogised as a firm and dedicated leader.

    He then went on to announce that his county residents would be given an extra day off, to remember president Moi.

    "Further, to allow our county staff to join the rest of the country during the funeral service, I have officially declared a break from duties on Wednesday," he announced.

    Nandi County Governor Stephen Sang signs President Moi's Condolence Book at the County Government of Nandi headquarters on February 10.

    The unprecedented decision followed the national government's announcement declaring a national holiday to mourn the late president who passed away on Tuesday, February 4. 

    Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua, announced that February 6 announced that Tuesday, February 11, would be a national holiday.

    Moi is set to be buried on Wednesday, February 12 at Kabarak, Nakuru County.

    The Public Holidays Act Cap 110 in the Kenyan Constitution indicates that only the appropriate Minister is charged with gazetting of any holidays.

    "Alteration or addition of public holiday: The Minister may at any time if he thinks fit, by notice in the Gazette, declare any day to be a public holiday either in addition to the days mentioned in the Schedule or in substitution for any of those days and either throughout Kenya or in any district, area or part thereof, and thereupon any day so appointed shall be a public holiday in all respects as if it were a day mentioned in the Schedule, in Kenya or the locality specified in the notice,"

    "and where, in any year, any day is so declared to be a public holiday in substitution for any of the days mentioned in the Schedule such latter day shall in such year cease to be a public holiday in Kenya or the locality specified in the notice." reads the section of the constitution relating to public holidays.

    Nandi Governor Stephen Sang addressing the media outside his county office on February 10.