KOT can’t believe Friday is public holiday in Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda
Only Kenyans will work on Friday in East Africa after acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i refused to declare Friday a national public holiday.
Rwandans, Tanzanians and Ugandans will join their Muslims brothers and sisters in celebrating Idd-Ul-Adha after their respective governments declared Friday a public holiday.
This year, Dr Matiang’i simply urged employers to allow their Muslim employees a day off to mark the annual holiday, also called the Sacrifice of the Feast.
What has irked many Kenyans is the fact that his predecessor the late Joseph Nkaissery declared it a holiday in 2016.
Dr Matiang’i has said that the government will craft a Bill to have Idd-Ul-Adha as a national holiday.
Observers feel that the government was apprehensive about declaring tomorrow a public holiday and therefore leave many Kenyans idle on a day the Supreme Court is set to make its ruling on the presidential petition.
"CS Matiang'i" is trying to make sure no idlers when Supreme court verdict will be issued …. Happy Idd-Ul-Adha to my muslim brothers
— alex kamande (@alexkamande9) August 31, 2017
The Hajj is an annual and mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims.
It is one of the five pillars of Islam, alongside Shahadah, Salat, Zakat, and Sawm.
Majority of Kenyans took to social media to vent. Below are a few:
I'm officially a Muslim until Further Notice, call Me Malik. Idd-Ul-Adha ?
— Mr. February (@japhguru) August 31, 2017
Will Chief Justice Maraga allow Justice Mohamed Ibrahim to stay away 4 Idd-ul-adha? Supreme Court didn't convene on Saturday coz CJ is SDA
— Raphael Msagha (@RaphaelMsagha) August 31, 2017
— samson misango (@misangosam) August 31, 2017
Interior security na Idd-Ul-Adha zimepatana wapi ,,huyu matiangi abaki kwa Education ,,NKT!!
— Cpa,Kaniaru (@BryanTheOx) August 31, 2017
— Chris (@chris_lavim) August 31, 2017
Idd-Ul-Adha gon be a normal working for non-Muslims. Why isn't Easter and good Friday a normal working day for Muslims?? pic.twitter.com/bjGJ00JxNc
— Mungai ™?? (@erastu_) August 30, 2017
— Steve Mato Mato™ (@stevematomato) August 30, 2017
Kenya is one!
Therefore Idd-Ul-Adha this Friday is a holiday for us ALL!
WE ARE ONE!!
— Martin Kariuki (@Palloti76) August 30, 2017