KENYATTA AWARDS BIGWIGS: Tribalism and Nepotism Evident

President Uhuru Kenyatta during the ongoing Jamhuri Day celebrations gave out the Head of State commendation to the various individuals who made the headlines during this almost ending year 2017.

Expectedly in the list is Mr. Kamotho who made news during the August 8 elections when he went to vote carrying githeri in a clear polythene bag. A single photo by a random teenager stirred the social media earning him a position of the most popular people of 2017. But to look into a deeper perspective it’s obvious that he voted in Uhuru as president thus was invited to his 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 but from the other side he is known to write in favour of jubilee and against the opposition.
Others are musicians Ben Githae, popular for composing the Jubilee party campaign song and just because he sang in favour jubilee , he deserved the award; 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.

Consequently, going by the names and the occupations of those awarded, they are the bigwigs who support jubilee or are in the government. For instance the Golden heart awards which was awarded to National assembly speaker Ken Lusaka and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen topping the list who evidently defend and support Uhuru in everything.

Contrary to the expectations, there are those people who might have in one way or another deserved the awards for saving critical situations like Headtecher and a police officer who wade through a flooded river to deliver national examinations to a school, a journalist who prioritised rescuing a lame man at the Supreme court during the bees attack, to his job of covering the happenings. Similarly the young girl who saved schoolmates at Moi Girls inferno could have been included despite her absence.

After all said and done, the question is which process was used to determine who received the awards and medals yet they are meant to recognise persons in various capacities for their selflessness, and zeal in their service to the nation regardless of their political, economical or social stand.


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