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The Origin Of Huduma Day In Kenya

Like any other holiday Huduma day has it's origin and and it's history.This holiday came in place immediately after Daniel Arap Moi became the second president of Kenya.Even though it was initially called Moi day where the holiday was used to mark the day president Moi and the country's longest-serving head of state became the president, ruling from 1973 - 2002.

Moi Day had been removed from the list of Kenya national holidays following the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya in August 2010. However, it came back to limelight in 2017 following a court rulling by Justice George Odunga reversing the decision of the parliament who affirmed that 2010 nullification of Moi Day was a contravention of Public Holidays Act.

Justice Odunga noted that if parliament was of the view that Moi Day ought not to continue being considered as a public holiday, they should have amended the Act accordingly.

"I declare that unless and until Parliament amends Schedule 1 of the said Act or the minister substitutes the same for another date, the 10th of October in each year shall continue being a Public Holiday."

The ruling followed a case which was filed by Gregory Nyauchi against the Cabinet Secretaries for Interior, East Africa Community, Labour, and the Attorney General.

The University of Nairobi’s School of Law graduate said he was motivated to go to court to make a point that all Kenyans are equal before the law. 

Gregory Nyauchi said that it costed him 10,000 shillings to stand in the bars and defend his claims that this important day should not be forgotten. Therefore, this led to the day being changed from Moi Day to Huduma day where Kenyans are expected to celebrate there cultures and diversity from all over.

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