President Uhuru Kenyatta has recognised outstanding Kenyans by conferring them with prestigious state awards in appreciation of their contribution to various sectors in the country.
The awards - given during the Madaraka Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens on Wednesday, June 1 - were in recognition of their contribution and service especially in helping President Uhuru Kenyatta cement his legacy over the last 10 years.
Paul Nderitu Ndung'u, who is the current chairperson of the St. Johns Ambulance, was conferred with the Moran of the Order of the Golden Heart for volunteering with organisation for over 44 years. In 2003, he chaired the Ndung'u Lands Commission whose recommendations have been critical in shaping land reforms in the country.
The Machakos gubernatorial hopeful, Nzioka Waita, was also honoured during the Madaraka Day Celebrations. Before joining elective politics, he served as President Uhuru's Chief of Staff and head of the delivery unit. He was conferred with the Moran of the Order of the Golden Heart.
Brigadier Joseph Maina Murashia was conferred with the Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS). He was awarded for being at the center of the renovation of Uhuru Gardens and the creation of the outstanding Museum. He was tasked with the supervision of the building of Ulinzi Sports Complex which was recently commissioned by President Uhuru.
Brigadier Carolyne Mwende Mutesia, the General Manager of the Joint National Mapping Project, was also celebrated for successfully overseeing over ten development projects across various government ministries and departments. To appreciate her efforts, she was awarded the Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS).
Prof David Sang Kiprop was feted with the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) in appreciations of his efforts in the Guinea Worm eradication programme. He has played a vital role in eradicating Malaria in the country.
Dr Weston Wakasiaka also featured in the list of those feted by President Uhuru during the Madaraka Day celebrations. The renowned fistula surgeon was also awarded the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS).
Polycarp Otieno Onyango, the Director of the Presidential Delivery Unit, also walked home with the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) in appreciation of his outstanding service, especially in the Coast region. He is credited with unlocking the Kenya Ports Authority.
Major Athman Hussein Weshanga, was conferred with the Order of Grand Warrior (OGW) for his duty in the Kenya Shipyard development of both Kisumu and Mombasa shipyards.
Alice Kwamboka Nyariki also received the Order of Grand Warrior (OGW). She is the Senior Director of Pensions at the National Treasury. She was celebrated for spearheading pension reforms in the country.
Jane Nduta Mwangi was feted for her efforts in spearheading reforms in the education sector, especially during the pandemic. She also played a central role in the Competency-Based Curriculum and its embracing in Kenya's educational sector.
President Uhuru appreciated all those who received awards noting that they played a huge role in the achievement recorded during his 10 years presidential tenure.