|Kenya State Commendation Bars |
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Immediately after Kenya's independence, the roll of honour was largely composed of politicians, businessmen, educationists and sadly cronies of the Government of the day. This was perpetuated in by the Moi government in the 1980s and 90s. Then came the Kibaki era which is coming to its sunset days. Again not much change there and though there have been a couple of deserving Kenyans who have been awarded, there are also some 'suprises' who show up every now and then. (FYI -In 2012, two of the President's children or is it First Family's were among those honoured)
Do you always wonder if you have made the list or at least someone who you know deserves? It was a bit of an embarrassment for the Kenyan state in 2004 when the Nobel Committee honoured Wangari Maathai with its Prize for Peace while back home the best we could do is offer her a Deputy Ministerial post with its lowly honours and priviledges.
All the same we have a list of the honours listed as follows;
- Order of the Golden Heart - Chief/First Class(only Kenyan Head of State & other exemplary people from other parts of the world are awarded this) denoted as CGH, Elder/Second Class (EGH), Moran/Third Class (MGH)
- Order of the Burning Spear - Chief (CBS), Moran (MBS) and Elder (EBS)
- Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW)
- Silver Star (SS)
- Head of State Commendation ( HSC)
- Distinguished Service Medal
- Distinguished Conduct Order
This year there were a couple of sports personalities awarded including;
- David Lekuta Rudisha (MBS)
- Sam Nyamweya (MBS)
Last year's list included among others;
- Collins Injera (OGW)
- Humphrey Kayange (OGW)
Other previous honours include Catherine Ndereba (DSM & OGW), Tecla Loroupe (OGW), Ezekiel Kemboi (OGW), Jason Dunford (OGW) and Paul Tergat (MBS) to name but a few.
|Pres. Kibaki garlands The Aga Khan with Chief of Golden Heart (CGH) honours - 2007|
Secondly, what criteria do the State operatives use to vet those deserving of these awards? Yeah what great honour did some of those mentioned bring us? For example, football honcho Sam Nyamweya though in charge of Football Kenya Federation currently, our take is that he has not really lived up to expectations. In fact, he could be part of why Kenyan football languishes in mediocrity. Look at how they handled the Henri Michel case. What about Sakata Ball?
Finally we're reminded that there was supposed to be a Heroes Corner at Uhuru Gardens. What happened to that initiative? Athletics Kenya came up with its own Sports Museum to try and honour those who achieved great deeds in the sport for the country, though it doesn't quite measure up to standards.
Next year at a time like this,we shall be having a new government and hope that they will improve on the way we honour our sports people. They have been our greatest and most consistent ambassadors and should treated as such if not better!