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KENYAS HISTORIC DAY AUG 27.

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With the stroke of his pen, President Kibaki will not only have changed the way Kenya is governed but also alter the socio-economic landscape. The head of state will have repealed the old constitution. However, some provisions will continue to operate until the new laws are enacted. Immediately after signing, President Kibaki will lead the Cabinet in taking a new oath of office and another committing to uphold the new constitution. Others expected to take the oath on Friday are the Chief Justice, the Attorney General, the Chief of General Staff, the Police Commissioner, the Administration Police Commandant and the Speaker of the National Assembly. Kenyans will enjoy fewer national days, which will be observed as holidays. There will only be three national days – Madaraka Day (June 1 ), Mashujaa Day (October 20) – formerly Kenyatta Day and Jamhuri Day (December 12). This means that Moi Day (October 10) and Labour Day (May 1) are no longer constitutionally recognised as national days. Kiswahili becomes the second official language after English. Previously, Kiswahili was just a national language. This means if one is not conversant with English, they can use Kiswahili, for instances when applying for a job, officially. Children born to a Kenyan citizen outside the country are recognised as citizens. This also applies to those who may have been born outside the country before August 27 even if their parents had dumped their Kenyan citizenship.

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