There have been raging debates on whether December 27 is, rather should be a public holiday. The debates were sparked by Section 4 of Public Holidays Act 2011 which states that when a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following day automatically becomes a holiday. However, a cross section of Kenyans were still stuck, not knowing what to do on the said date since the government had not yet given its verdict on the same.
Well, the debates have finally been squashed by Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaisery, who declared December 27 a holiday in a gazette notice on Friday. This means that Kenyans will now have an extra day to make merry and celebrate as they wait for the New Year.
According to the Kenyan constitution, there are three national holidays under section 9 which are Mashujaa Day(20th October),Madaraka Day(June 1st) and Jamhuri Day(December 12).The National holidays are also listed by Cap 229 of the Regulation of Wages and Conditions of Employment Act, which also lists other 7 holidays namely New Year’s Day ,Christmas Day, Good Friday ,Easter Monday and Boxing Day.
27th December will just be a bonus that Kenyans will get to have thanks to work of nature.