Moi Day is a holiday in Kenya. On October 10, former Kenyan President Daniel Moi is honored. Following the promulgation of the Kenyan constitution in August 2010, Moi Day was removed from the list of Kenyan national holidays. On 8 November 2017, the Supreme Court made October 10 a holiday again.
Judge George Odunga in his ruling on Wednesday November 8, said the scrapping of Moi Day is an illegality and was in contravention of the law. On 8th October, 2018, CS Matiang’i announced the Public Holiday’s comeback.
President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi was the second president of Kenya from 1978 to 2002. The former teacher, principal and teachers‘ trainer founded the Kenya African Democratic Union (KADU) party and chaired it from 1957 to 1963. In contrast to the opposing party Kenya African National Union (KANU), which was dominated mainly by large ethnic groups, the KADU wanted to strengthen smaller ethnic groups like the Kalenjin and enforce a federal constitution.
Moi joined KANU in 1961 as Parliamentary State Secretary of the Minister of Education. In 1962 he was appointed Minister of Education in the pre-independence government, then Minister of Local Government. After independence on 18 December 1963, Moi agreed to merge KANU and KADU, making Kenya virtually a one-party state.
After the death of Jomo Kenyatta – Kenya’s first president and „Father of Independence“ – Moi automatically became President of the Republic of Kenya and the KANU Party. He tried to enforce his Nyayo philosophy: peace, love and unity.
In the years 1979, 1988 and 1992 Moi was repeatedly elected president. In 1979 he also received the Order of Chief of the Golden Heart – Kenya’s highest honor. After 24 years in office, he was not allowed to be voted again because of the changed constitution. The Kanu party’s opposition has also unified, emerging as a „national rainbow coalition,“ promising jobs, better and cheaper medical care, and lower school fees – things that were rather neglected during Moi’s tenure.