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From National Fete to a Private Affair, the Evolution of Moi Day

Former President Daniel Arap Moi would, on a day like this, make a grand entry into a stadium thronged with thousands of Kenyans for 12 years of his tenure.

The second president had declared October 10 a public holiday in his name and Kenyans would take a break from work to honor his accomplishments since taking office in 1978.

Former President Daniel Moi

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Nyayo would join Kenyans from all walks of life to mark a day that was so dear to him throughout the last decade of his 24-year rule.

He hardly skipped national celebrations surprised the nation when during the dying days of his tenure he chose to mark the end of the Moi Day holidays at a children’s home in Thika.

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