Uhuru Celebrates 7 Iconic People on Mashujaa Day

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta honours with Eliud Kipchoge at the Mashujaa Day celebrations which was held at the Mama Ngina Waterfront in Mombasa on Sunday, October 20. File
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday, October 20, celebrated seven Kenyans whose efforts he termed exemplary.

    While speaking at Mama Ngina Water Front in Mombasa where the Mashujaa day fete was being held, Uhuru applauded Teacher Peter Tabichi from Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Nakuru who clinched the Global Teacher Award earlier this year.

    "His selfless service and excellence led to his recognition as the world's best teacher," he stated.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the nation during Madaraka Day celebrations on Sunday, October 20.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the nation during Madaraka Day celebrations on Sunday, October 20.

    At that time the head of state honoured the works of other teachers who according to him moulded generations to realize their full potential. 

    He also celebrated the late Dr. Esther Mwangi, a scholar who dedicated her life to the study of forest conservation and management, property rights as well as economic governance.

    Esther’s doctoral dissertation in 2005 on the transformation of property rights in Maasailand won the Harold D. Laswell Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of policy studies, awarded by the American Political Science Association.

    Uhuru also recognised Mekatilili wa Menza and Ronald Ngala who also bravely took part in Kenya's fight for Independence.

    He also remembered the late herione Professor Wangari Maathai, who inspired the world with her commitment to mother nature.

    Uhuru urged Kenyans to embrace hard work saying that it’s the little positive things that matter. He referred to Maathai's analogy of the little hummingbird that worked tirelessly to extinguish a forest fire by ferrying one drop of water at a time when all other animals stood by and watched.

    Brigid Kosgey who Sunday, October 13 smashed a 16-year world record in the Chicago Marathon, women's race also made to the president's list. She was feted for making Kenya the global custodian of the women's marathon titles.

    The icing of the cake was renowned marathoner Eliud Kipchoge who was not only showered with praises but also honoured by the head of state.

    "In honour of all the heroes, past, present and future, I wish to invite and to recognise Eliud Kipchoge with the Order of the Elder of the Golden Heart," stated Uhuru amid cheers.

    Kipchoge made history when he became the first human to run the 42km marathon in under two hours in Vienna, Austria. 

    Brigid Kosgei
    Brigid Kosgei after she won the Chicago women's marathon on Sunday, October 13. She was among those celebrated by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday, October 20.