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AG defends Uhuru's Kenya@50 award criteria

11 December 2013, 14:20 Millicent Kawii

Nairobi -  Attorney General Githu Muigai  has defended President Uhuru Kenyatta’s criteria in awarding national honours.

Prof Muigai says that  merits and individual qualities are some of the key elements when it comes to being conferred with national honours. In his response to a suit filed by former Member of Parliament Harun Mwau, challenging the process of drawing up a list of Kenyans to be awarded during the coming Kenya at 50 celebrations.

The AG says the act of identifying persons from various sectors for purposes of being awarded with national honours involves differentiating individuals based on their services, a criteria which is not discriminatory.

He says that although the national honours were a prerogative of the president as per a 2004 guideline; the National Honours Act of 2013 and Article 134(4) of the constitution do not provide for mass beneficiaries.

He reiterates that both the 2004 guideline  and the 2013 National Honours Act establishes stringent and elaborate structures for the nomination of persons to be honoured and awarded and therefore can not be substituted by a mere court judgement.

“One element that runs through the guidelines and Act is merit and individual qualities, actions or achievements of heroism, sacrifice, bravery, patriotism or leadership for the defence, benefit or or betterment of the country  or a county and the National Honours Act and Article 134(4) of the constitution,” Prof Muigai said.

Mwau had moved to court alleging that some judges, magistrates and assistant ministers have been overlooked in the conferment of presidential awards and commendations.

In his petition before Justice Mumbi Ngugi, Mwau argued that the National Honours and Awards Committee was in the process of drawing up a list of Kenyans to be awarded during the coming national celebrations and deserving Kenyans who have not been awarded should not be left out.

He claimed that the Government had wilfully and intentionally by-passed deserving Kenyans in the conferment of the awards as deserving civil servants, who have never been honoured, suffer low morale in performing their duties in government.

The case will be heard in January 2014.

- News24



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