The Cabinet on Thursday approved the renaming of Moi Day to Huduma Day.
According to a statement from the President’s Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU), the renaming of the national holiday, marked on October 10, is in line with former President Daniel Arap Moi’s desire that the day be commemorated as a day of service and volunteerism.
In November 2017, High Court Judge George Odunga reinstated Moi Day after it was removed from the list of national holidays following the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution. He stated that the nullification was a contravention of the Public Holidays Act.
Justice Odunga, however, didn’t specify how the holiday should be celebrated leaving the matter to Parliament and the Interior Cabinet Secretary.
During the Thursday meeting that was chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, the Cabinet also approved the renaming of Boxing Day which falls on 26th December to Utamaduni Day.
Utamaduni Day will be set aside to celebrate the country’s rich cultural diversity and heritage.
The proposed amendments to the Public Holidays Act will take effect once approved by Parliament.
The Cabinet also approved the commercial farming of BT cotton hybrids.
This, according to PSCU, follows the successful completion of field trials that were conducted over a period of five years.
“The commercial farming of BT cotton is set to ensure farmers earn more from the crop through increased production. It will also boost the manufacturing pillar of the Big 4 Agenda where Kenya seeks to establish itself as a regional leader in textile and apparel production, ” the statement reads.
During the meeting, the Cabinet also gave a green light to the immediate implementation of the film incentives package.
This, the government says, is aimed at boosting the country’s position as the film destination in Africa.
“The incentives which include ‘one-stop-shop’ approach to licence approvals, tax concessions and waivers of various levies for personnel and equipment is expected to encourage both local and international filmmakers to use locations in Kenya for their productions, ” said State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena.
On the issue of pending bills, the Cabinet, after discussion, agreed that all arms of Government should move quickly to settle all bills that were audited and verified by the Office of the Auditor-General.
Following increasing concerns on pending bills, the Cabinet approved the establishment of an inter-agency team to verify historical pending bills worth Ksh40 billion within one month.