Interior CS Fred Matiang'i has disowned a gazette notice circulating on social media declaring October 14 a public Holiday.
The Kenya Gazette notice dated October 12 reads, "it is notified for the General information of the public that in exercise of the powers conferred in section 3 of the public Holiday acts, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and co-ordination of National Government declares that Monday, the 14th October 2019 be a public holiday to mark the INEOS159 challenge."
However, the Ministry of Interior tweeted saying that the notice was fake, and that Monday would be a normal working day.
"Members of the public are urged to disregard any notice or report indicating that tomorrow's is a Public Holiday. For avoidance of doubt the aforesaid Monday 14 October, 2019 is a working day," tweeted Ministry of Interior.
Members of the public are urged to disregard any notice or report indicating that tomorrow's is a Public Holiday. For avoidance of doubt the aforesaid Monday 14 October, 2019 is a working day. pic.twitter.com/XVbdw1h153
- Ministry of Interior (@InteriorKE) October 12, 2019
This comes in wake of Kenyans bugging Dr Matiang'i to declare Monday a public holiday to honour World Record holder Eliud Kipchoge.
Kipchoge made history in Vienna, Austria on Saturday after finishing the 42km race in 1:59:40, becoming the first marathoner to run 42 kilometres in under two hours.
Kenyans on Twitter decided to send their pleas to the Head of State and Dr Matiang'i for them to declare Monday a holiday.
We need a holiday bana
- kipchoge abdi (@Abddiiii) October 12, 2019
well done kipchoge... after this i want the president appoint you as the sport cs... and to Dr fred matiangi section 3 of national holidays please... read it once more on monday😋 https://t.co/mEMqwVksNB
- MIKAELSON. (@michaelwaweru12) October 12, 2019
This week has been party after party, party after party
-Recovery of the vehicle and it's occupants of likoni ferry incident
-Then Eliud Kipchoge's win
Mimi sihami Kenya pic.twitter.com/joa9uBGf8F
- Chero Sang (@chero_sang) October 12, 2019
We should be given a holiday on Monday do that we all do a recorded standing ovation for our Legend. Congratulations Kipchoge I have never felt more patriotic #NoHumanIsLimited
- Keya Wesonga (@KeyaWesonga) October 12, 2019
We seriously need a holiday, something like Eliud Kipchoge day as a national holiday. #Eliud159 pic.twitter.com/nA8ASpQ0m0
- Tweet by (@BorisOloo_) October 12, 2019
This day should be a National Holiday from today. It should be named Kipchoge's Day. If you agree retweet #INEOS159 #Eliud159 #NoHumanIsLimited pic.twitter.com/lK3KFE5TY7
- Austin Tunoi (@TunoiAustin) October 12, 2019
Congrats Kipchoge #159 #eliud
Kitu imebaki ni Matiangi atupe Monday holiday tusherehekee this great moment
- SoreMarley Flames (@ykarzz) October 12, 2019
we deserve to be given holiday to celebrate Kipchoge's c
- james odiya (@jamesodiya2) October 12, 2019