Chief Justice and the President of the Supreme Court Hon. David Maraga has accepted his honour as the 2017 Nairobian Person of the Year.
Maraga, through his representative, received the award on December 14 at a colourful event held in a Nairobi hotel.
“The Chief Justice Hon. David Maraga is honoured to be feted as The Nairobian Person of the Year, and I can confirm to all that he has accepted the great gesture with humility. On his behalf, I hereby thank The Nairobian team and Kenyans at large for this wonderful recognition. God bless everyone,” the representative said.
Maraga’s bold decision to nullify the August presidential election following a petition filed by opposition coalition NASA after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had declared Uhuru Kenyatta winner, saw him being the most read, watched and talked about in both local and global media.
Also nominated was Baby Pendo, the infant whose life was brutally ended by police at a tender age of just six months in August following the announcement of Uhuru Kenyatta as the president-elect.
Other nominess were Eliud Kipchoge (the Kenyan Olympic champion, who bagged the Berlin Marathon), Kilimani Mums (the no-chills Facebook group where women open up on all matters), former IEBC commissioner Dr Roselyn Akombe, Kenyans on Twitter (KOT), Martin Kimotho (Githeri Man), Jimi Wanjigi, Igembe South MP John Paul Mwirigi and Samuel Abisai (the guy who won Sh221 million SportPesa jackpot.
During the event, The Standard Group CEO Mr Orlando Lyomu congratulated all the nominees and the winner, promising an even bigger edition of the event in 2018.
“When we honour people, we do so because they impact and change lives. I believe that it is merited and we shall continue doing this every year,” Mr Orlando said.