Kenyans online are doing their own commendations after a list of people awarded the Head of State Commendations on Jamhuri Day appeared online.
The President’s list featured, among others, bloggers Pauline Njoroge, Dennis Itumbi, Robert Alai, Martin Kamotho Njenga better known as Githeri Man and musician Rufftone (real name Roy Smith Mwita).
Online users expressed their disapproval over the some of the some of the listed recipients, while at the same time faulting President Uhuru Kenyatta for ignoring Kenyans who have genuinely contributed to the country’s development.
Kenyans on Twitter were quick to list the people they felt deserved the commendations, under the hashtag #KOTCommends.
We might as well do our own commendations. Come across any ordinary Kenyans doing extraordinary things this year? ??
— Ory Okolloh Mwangi (@kenyanpundit) December 12, 2017
“@fnoluga for standing firm and Getting the Medics CBA Signed , You for being a staunch defender sparking conversations, accountability and transparency in governance,” wrote Teddy.
“The auditor general Edward Ouko for exposing frauds in the police department, Immigration department, Interior Ministry and many more #Hero,” wrote George.
“Students of Moi Girls School Nairobi who risked and even lost their their lives to save their friends during the school fire in September,” added Joey.
“The cops and teachers who waded through water and mud to deliver national exam papers,” wrote Jakogelo.
“@WanjeriNderu for sustaining the campaign to ‘Free the Sudan Four’,” Sonia commented.
“Patrick Kalonzo Mwalua for saving our wildlife delivering water to wild animals in Tsavo West,” wrote Genesfut.
“The Returning Officer from Kandara who stood up to MP Alice Wahome’s intimidation,” Brian added.
“@bonifacemwangi for showing us that you can run a clean campaign and stand by your convictions,” Gakuru wrote.
“The airport security lady who stood her ground in obeying the law when searching a VIP,” Felix added.
“Joyciline Jepkosgei for breaking her own World half marathon record at Valencia Trinidad Alfonso Half Marathon,” wrote another KOT.
— Natasha Kimani (@Wacera_K) December 12, 2017