The government has on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, declared October 11, 2021, a public holiday.The announcement was made by the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.
According to the statement, the 11th of October will be a public holiday by dint of Utamaduni Day falling on Sunday, October 10, 2021
It is the first time ever that the Utamanduni day celebration will be held in Kenya after the government scrapped off the earlier celebration that was known as Moi day.
In a government-sponsored bill tabled in the National Assembly, the state had sought to rename Moi Day to Utamaduni Day. The changes had been contained in the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendment) Bill, 2020, sponsored by former Majority leader Aden Duale.
Utamaduni Day was among proposals in the Building Bridges Initiative report launched on November 27.
President Kenyatta stated that Utamaduni Day would enable Kenyans to come together and share different cultural activities that would, in turn, bring about oneness and togetherness.
He called on the public to be proud of their African culture and embrace Utamaduni Day.
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