Prof Kithure Kindiki, the Interior Cabinet Secretary, has announced Monday, November 13, a public holiday.
Kindiki stated in a special gazette notice on Monday that the holiday will allow Kenyans to participate in tree planting exercises around the nation in preparation for the ongoing brief rains season.
“In Exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 of the Public Holidays Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration declares Monday, November 13, 2023, a public holiday in which the public shall be engaged in tree growing countrywide,” the notice published in the Gazette stated.
According to the Interior CS, the special tree planting day was authorized during the Cabinet meeting and would be part of Kenya’s Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration-Towards the Growth of 15 Billion Trees.
Kindiki also announced a nationwide location for the planting exercise, which would be presided over by President William Ruto.
“There will be a designated National venue for the tree planting presided over by His Excellency (Dr.) William Samoei Ruto, the President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, and forty-seven (47) County venues presided over by Cabinet Secretaries and Governors, where all Kenyan citizens and the general public shall be expected to participate,” Kindiki said in a statement.
During the special day, Cabinet Secretaries are supposed to lead tree-planting exercises in at least two counties each.