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Orders, decorations, and medals of Kenya

Orders, decorations, and medals of Kenya are awarded by the President of Kenya, pursuant to Article 132(4)(c) of the Constitution, in recognition of outstanding or distinguished services rendered to the nation in various capacities and responsibilities. Some, however, are awarded on account of the persons standing in society by virtual of that person’s relationships.

The National Honours and Awards Committee, that sits in the president’s office, advises the President on deserving people as guided by the National Honours Act. Those who merit the decoration include; a person who exhibits exemplary qualities, achievements of heroism, patriotism, leadership, one who has made an exemplary contribution to the country in the economic, scientific, academic, sports, journalism, business, security or other fields.

The National Honours and Awards Committee takes into account the recommendations of—

(a) the National and County Governments Honours Advisory Committee established under section 5 where a national honour is to be conferred on a State or public officer serving in the national government or a county government;

(b)  the Parliamentary Honours Advisory Committee established under section 6 where a national honour is to be conferred on a Member of Parliament, a former Member of Parliament, a public officer serving in the Parliamentary Service or a State or public officer serving in an independent commission or office;

(c) the Judiciary Honours Advisory Committee established under section 7 where a national honour is to be conferred on a judge, a judicial officer, a former judge or former judicial officer or a member of the staff of the judiciary.

Persons on whom national honours to be conferred

A person shall merit the conferment of a national honour if the person is—

(a) a person who exhibited or exhibits exemplary qualities, actions or achievements of heroism, sacrifice, bravery, patriotism or leadership for the defence, benefit or betterment of the country or a county;

(b) a person who has made an exemplary contribution to the country or a county in the economic, social, scientific, academic, public administration, governance, sports, journalism, business, security or other fields;

(c) a State officer or public officer who has made an exemplary contribution to the betterment of the national or county governments, the executive, the judiciary, the legislature, an independent commission or an independent office;

(d) a person who has otherwise brought honour, glory or pride to the Republic.

Awards

Here are some awards. 

1. The Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya

  • 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.)

2. 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.)

3. The Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya

4. The Distinguished Conduct Order

5. The Distinguished Service Medal

  • The Silver Star of Kenya
  • Uzalendo Award
  • Uhodari Medal

6. Head of State’s Commendation (H.S.C.)

  • Military Division
  • Civilian Division

 

7. PROMULGATION OF THE NEW CONSTITUTION COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL

 

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