Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has declared Monday, November 13, a public holiday.
In a Gazette Notice seen by Nairobi Leo, the holiday will be held to enable Kenyans to participate in tree planting exercises in various parts of the country.
This, the CS said, is a product of a Cabinet meeting that approved a special day for tree planting.
"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 gazette notice read.
CS Kindiki said the exercise is part of Kenya’s Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration Program–Towards the Growing of Fifteen (15) billion trees.
"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 added.
On the said day, Cabinet Secretaries are expected to lead tree-planting exercises in at least two counties each.
This is in line with President William Ruto's agenda of planting 15 billion trees by 2032.