- Kenyans on Twitter are questioning the criteria used to select those who are awarded State honour during the Jamhuri Day celebrations
- Among the listed are Martin Kamotho aka Githeri man and singer Ben Githae
- Githeri man's sun rose when he was spotted at the polling station eating his githeri during the August 8 elections
President Uhuru Kenyatta during the ongoing Jamhuri Day celebrations is expected to give Head of State commendation to the various individuals who somehow earned it over the past one year.
Among them is Mr. Kamotho’s fortunes turned during the August 8 elections when he went to vote carrying githeri in a clear poly bag. A single photo by a random teenager stirred the social media earning him a position of the most popular people of 2017. He was invited to President Uhuru’s inauguration ceremony on November 28.
Blogger and cyber activist Robert Alai who claims to be a voice for the voiceless is also among those who made it.
Others are musicians Ben Githae, popular for composing the Jubilee party campaign and Rufftone , State House Senior Director of Public Communication Munyori Buku , Evangelists Lucy Ngunjiri and Teresia Wairimu, Billy Arocho and boxer Fatuma Zarika, Citizen TV’s senior reporter Jackie Maribe, State House Director of Digital Communications Dennis Itumbi, Deputy Director in charge of State branding and events Thomas “Big Ted” Kwaka and Hellen Nkaiserry, the wife of the late Cabinet minister Joseph Nkaissery.
Other awards included the Golden heart awards which will be awarded to National assembly speaker Ken Lusaka, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen among five others.
Salaries and Remuneration Commission Chairperson (SRC) Sarah Serem, Education PS Professor George Magoha, Former IEBC Chair Isaack Hassan and former NHIF CEO Simiyu Kirgotty are among those who received the award of the burning spear.
The inclusion of Githeri man in the awards list caused a stir as many Kenyans questioned the process that determined who received the awards and awards and medals are meant to recognise persons in various capacities for their selflessness, and zeal in their service to the nation.
Here are some of the questions they asked;
On #JamhuriDay, Kenya fails to reward 2017 sports excellence but rewards Githeri man, blogger and others..This is an insult to the Kenyan Sportsmen & women who wear the national colors with pride and with little help from government..But again, what's sports? #Statecommendation— Katami Michelle (@MichKatami) December 12, 2017
Githeri man receives state commendation. The 13 million unemployed Kenyans deserve a commendation for long suffering. Kila sufferer apewe! pic.twitter.com/RrAoJG6TUR— Boniface Mwangi (@bonifacemwangi) December 12, 2017
This is a mockery to those who fought for our independence! What have those pple done?— Jacob Okal (@jacokal) December 12, 2017
Where is the Journalist who saved a physically challenged Kenyan from bees at The SCOK,I want to know since I've heard Githeri Man is on that list...Get serious!!— Amunga Jacktone (@amunga_jacktone) December 12, 2017
Oooooh MY!!! Smooookh! I was there when Kenyan president honoured someone because of his appetite for "Githeri". Oooooh MY!!!!https://t.co/CazYMrhDFe— Oscar Lee Oscar (@KagoriMwangi) December 12, 2017
Githeri man has done nothing to deserve this recognition. Zero. Zilch. If we lower standards any further, we'll end up in the bowels of the earth.— Events Avenue (@EventsAvenueKe) December 12, 2017
Kenyans should be asked to nominate those awarded Head of State Commendation. There are many valiant Kenyans doing great stuff out there in the shadows #JamhuriDay— 5 Flights Up (@AngVinyo) December 12, 2017
This is a mockery! What has the githeri man done to deserve that when those who fought for our independence are languishing in poverty?— Jacob Okal (@jacokal) December 12, 2017
What has he ever done for this country. There r Kenyans doing wonderful stuff out there who deserve these awards!— Ones (@ones_mc) December 12, 2017
I couldn't believe it when I first heard it but it's seems true: "Githeri man" has been awarded a State Honour. Now I think I have seen it all.— Paul Mwangi (@PaulMMwangi) December 12, 2017
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