We have been robbed! For the last seven years, October 10 has been just another normal working day following the promulgation of the new Constitution.

The public holiday, formally known as Moi Day, had been celebrated since 1988 when President Daniel Arap Moi was marking 10 years in power.

But thanks to one aggrieved Kenyan, identified as Gregory Nyauchi, we have another free day in the year to engage in whatever we do best; drinking and making wrong choices, at the expense of Mzee Moi’s egotistical sense of self-importance.

According to Nyauchi, the scrapping of the holiday had the ripple effect of denying employees their entitlement as provided in the Employment Act.

On Wednesday, Justic George Odunga ruled in favor of the petitioner, saying the scrapping of Moi Day was illegal and in contravention of the Public Holidays Act.

“I hereby grant a declaration that the omission to have the 10th day of October observed as a public holiday is an illegality and in contravention of Section 2(1) as read with part 1 of the schedule to the Public Holidays Act,” stated Odunga in part of his ruling.

He noted that Parliament had been wrong for not making amendments and forcing Kenyans to “toil on a day the law expressly directs to be a public holiday amounts to violation of their rights unless the exception is section 5 of the Public Holiday Acts apply”.

The Judge, nonetheless, gave an outline on how Moi Day can be formally scrapped.

“Unless and until parliament amends Schedule 1 of the said Act or the minister substitutes the same for another date, the 10th of October in each year shall continue being a public holiday,” the Judge said.

The judge further said it is not incumbent on the court to decide how the day should be celebrated.

Following the ruling, Kenyans on social media platforms took notice, and as expected, had something to say.

We have sampled some reactions from Kenyans on Twitter, some of whom have demanded compensation. Knowing Matiang’i, it would be a miracle if that came to be.