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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.

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

Former President Daniel Moi

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President Moi 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.

Moi, who 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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