Uhuru honours Raila allies and heads of security teams

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday awarded a number of opposition leaders for their outstanding public service during the 55th Jamhuri Day celebrations.

The awards were attributed to Uhuru's new-found friendship with opposition leader Raila Odinga after their famous handshake on March 9.

Last year, at the height of hostility between Jubilee and ODM, following the disputed presidential election, National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi (Suba South) and Deputy Minority Whip Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini) declined to receive Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart ((EGH) and Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) awards respectively.

Parliament nominated the two once again this year and they accepted the awards.

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Heads of investigations and prosecution agencies, who have stepped up the war against corruption, were also honoured.

Director Public Prosecution Noordin Haji, Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss George Kinoti and Deputy Inspector General in charge of Regular Police Edward Mbugua were awarded with the CBS title.

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Kanu chairman and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi also got the CBS recognition for his exemplary public service.

Others who made the list included members of the speaker's panel, committee chairpersons, military, Judiciary and civilian service officials.

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Unlike last year when the list was criticised over some of the people who were awarded, including Githeri man, media personalities and bloggers, the 2018 selection has received accolades.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, who was in Jubilee's bad books  before and after elections, was also recognised.

Joho is among those who escorted and stood by Raila during his swearing-in as the 'people’s president' at Uhuru Park on January 30. He got an EGH.

Governors Cornel Rasanga (Siaya), Josphat Nanok (Turkana), Martin Wambora (Embu), Samuel ole Tunai (Narok), Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo/Marakwet), Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Joyce Laboso and Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga) were also recognised.

“In recognition of distinguished and outstanding services rendered to the nation in various capacities and responsibilities, I, Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya confer awards and honours to the following persons,” read the Gazette Notice published on December 11.

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