Government Declares Tuesday a Public Holiday
Tuesday, August 9, has been declared a public holiday by the government.
According to a Special Gazette Notice dated Thursday, August 4, Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, the day will allow Kenyans to exercise their democratic rights by voting for their preferred candidates.
“It is notified for information to the public that the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government, pursuant to and in the exercise of the powers conferred by section 2 (4) of the Public Holidays Act, read together with Articles 101 (1), 177 (1) (a) and 180 (1) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, declares Tuesday, 9th August 2022, as a public holiday,” read the Gazette Notice in part.
“This will afford the people of Kenya the opportunity to participate in the 2022 general elections of Members of Parliament, Members of County Assemblies and County Governors, and the President.”
This comes amid calls from political leaders for the government to declare Tuesday a public holiday in order to avoid disrupting Kenyans’ work schedules.
Former senator Paul Njoroge was among the leaders who urged CS Matiang’i to declare a three-day holiday for Kenyans to travel and vote upcountry.
“On 8th those who stay far will need to travel and on 9th the voting day to allow Kenyans to vote and on the 10th, those who traveled upcountry will need to travel back before resuming official duty on the 11th,” he added.
He believes the government should take the request seriously, noting that many Kenyans may be barred from voting.
“This may lead to undesired election results and because we need free and fair elections, I hope the government will declare those three days as holidays,” Njoroge said.
So far, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has ordered that all schools be closed on Tuesday, August 2, to allow the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct the General Election on August 9.
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Magoha stated that all students from all basic education institutions would begin their half-term break on Tuesday, August 2, and would return on Thursday, August 11.
He confirmed that the communication superseded the previous communication in which the Ministry had specified Saturday, August 6, as the deadline for closure.