Maribe Sounds Off on Backlash After Accepting Uhuru's Award

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jacque Maribe in 2017. The head of state honoured Maribe with the HSC during the Mashujaa Day celebrations in 2017. Facebook
  • Former Citizen TV anchor Jacque Maribe on Sunday, October 20, decisively expressed her opinion on the Head of State's Commendation (HSC) she received from President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    While showing her support to Digital Strategist Dennis Itumbi who was appearing at K24 TV's interview show Punchline, Maribe called for more research on the awards.

    "Question is he (Itumbi) and I among others got HSC awards. Problem is people don't research how these awards are given. Riswa! Tunaelewa! Mungu mbele (we understand).

    "I am, Jacque Maribe, HSC," she affirmed via her Instagram account.

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jacque Maribe. Uhuru's choice to honour the journalist with an HSC in 2017 was heavily criticised.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta's decision to honour Maribe with an HSC award alongside controversial blogger Robert Alai, Itumbi and Martin Kamotho popularly referred to as Githeri man had been the subject of heavy criticism since 2017.

    Whereas Githeriman's award was mocked for Kamotho's insignificant contribution to Kenya, Maribe and Itumbi's awards were associated with political patronage.

    Itumbi, while appearing on K24 TV's Punchline on Sunday, October 20, defended his award arguing that it was, in fact, the lowest form of commendation.

    "It is the only award with the title - Head of State. It's just an award from the president as my boss which means you've done a good job," he revealed.

    The HSC is bestowed on two divisions; Military and Civilian. During the 54th Jamhuri Day celebrations in 2017, Uhuru honoured 41 military personnel and 58 civilians.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta honours Eliud Kipchoge at the Mashujaa Day celebrations which was held at the Mama Ngina Waterfront in Mombasa on Sunday, October 20.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta honours Eliud Kipchoge with the Elder of the Order of Golden Heart (EGH) state commendation at the Mashujaa Day celebrations held at the Mama Ngina Waterfront in Mombasa on Sunday, October 20.