State Commendations of Kenya

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State Commendations of Kenya are awarded by the President of Kenya "in recognition of outstanding or distinguished services rendered to the nation in various capacities and responsibilities".[1] Awards are made by the president upon the advice of a National Honours and Awards Committee in the president's office. Individuals are nominated for awards by district committees, government ministries, religious organisations, non-governmental organisations, individuals and others.[2]

The awards that are issued are:

  • The Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya[3]
  • 1st Class – Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (C.G.H.)
  • 2nd Class – Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (E.G.H.)
  • 3rd Class – Moran of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (M.G.H.)
  • Uhodari Medal
  • The Order of the Burning Spear
  • 1st Class – Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (C.B.S.)
  • 2nd Class – Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (E.B.S.)
  • 3rd Class – Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (M.B.S.)
  • The Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya
  • The Distinguished Conduct Order
  • The Distinguished Service Medal
  • The Silver Star of Kenya
  • Head of State's Commendation
  • Military Division
  • Civilian Division
Ribbon bars[4]
Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya.svg
Order of the Golden Heart
Order of the Burning Spear.svg
Order of the Burning Spear
Order of the Grand Warrior (Kenya).svg
Order of the Grand Warrior
Distinguished Service Medal (Kenya).svg
Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star of Kenya.svg
Silver Star of Kenya

Of these awards, the Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya is the highest honour in Kenya[5] and as of 2009 the award has been bestowed on 198 people since Kenyan independence.[2] Recipients of this award include Yoweri Museveni the President of Uganda, and Aga Khan IV.[6] The President of Kenya holds the position of Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya, the incumbent is Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Kenya Gazette 88, Published by Authority of the Republic of Kenya, 2002 
  2. ^ a b Kenya National Assembly Official Record (Hansard) 10th June 2009, National Assembly of Kenya 
  3. ^ Forum with pictures of the Order
  4. ^ http://www.coleccionesmilitares.com, Ribbon bars of Kenya
  5. ^ Lorch, Donatella (2 April 1994), "Busia Journal; Where Uganda and Kenya Collide", New York Times, retrieved 29 July 2011 
  6. ^ Kenya: Country Honours Aga Khan, All Africa, retrieved 29 July 2011