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Kenyans Disappointed With Matiang’i Over One Day Holiday Declaration

Kenyans have expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s declaration of Tuesday alone as holiday.

Those who spoke to Ghetto Radio say that one day is not enough for them to travel to their respective voting places and come back to Nairobi for work.

“My name is Sam I am a registered voter at Mbooni in Makueni but I work in Nairobi. And my concern is that on Monday and Wednesday I will be at my place of work while Tuesday will be voting day. How will I travel to go and vote at my home and return back to work?” posed Sam.

“’ The government should have given us at least Monday to be our traveling allowance then we vote on  Tuesday as we return back to our place of work. It will be very stressful to travel and vote the same day. Again we don’t know how the political temperatures will be. We could be given a traveling allowance,” he said.

The government declared Tuesday, August 9 a public holiday through a gazette notice that was issued by the Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i.

“It is notified for information to the public that the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government, pursuant to and in 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…” reads the gazette notice dated July 29, 2022.

Kenyans are set to go to the polls on Tuesday to elect their respective leaders.

Election campaigns according to the law are also supposed to end 48 hours to the polls.