As the country marked 58 years since it became a republic, some Kenyans were awarded in recognition for their notable contribution to the country over the past two years.
After delivering his final Jamhuri day speech as the Head of State, President Uhuru Kenyatta conferred the selected Kenyans with various prestigious presidential awards.
While presenting the Kenyans for the award, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, stated that the individuals had shown exemplary service to the country and in their profession.
"I would like to present to you the following for conferment of awards and honours to the following persons for the distinguished service they have rendered to this nation,' he stated.
From professionals within the medical field, army, and sports industry, the selected Kenyans were called to receive their awards from Uhuru as they were applauded by Kenyans attending the celebration at Uhuru Gardens.
Among those who received the Elder of Burning of Spear (EBS) include Engineer Singh Gehlot who was recognised for donating a road constriction plant to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) to help in the tarmacking of roads within Nairobi County.
Also awarded the EBS was Dr Willis Akhwale from the Ministry of Health for his remarkable contribution in overseeing the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the country.
Akhwale was recognised for overseeing the acquisition of 10 million vaccines through partnerships with other countries and the administration of eight million vaccines to Kenyans.
Under the Order of Great Warrior (OGW) awards, Uhuru awarded Sergent Salim Mohammed of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) who saved the lives of his colleagues in Kismayu, Somalia in 2020 despite being shot five times on his right leg.
Also in the OGW category, Uhuru awarded two athletes for their remarkable display in the tracks. Faith Kipyegon was recognised for winning a gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics while Peres Chirchir was also awarded for winning a gold medal during the Olympics women’s marathon.
Additionally, the Silver Star of Kenya (SSK) award was given to Captain Ali Shitiaro, who in May faced off with militants in the Boni forest in 2021 and survived for six days with two bullet wounds.
“While still executing his role, he offered medical assistance to officers seriously injured. He was separated from his team and he survived for six days in Boni forest without food or water," the Master of Ceremony stated.