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Legislators to enact law to enact the Heroes Act

22 October 2013, 20:30 Njoroge Kaburo

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday called on Parliament to enact the Heroes Act which will cater for the welfare of heroes and heroines in the country.

Kenyatta said the government has prepared Heroes Bill that would cater for the welfare of all heroes and heroines in the country once Parliament passes it.

"We need as a nation to recognize those in our midst who have immensely contributed to this country positively," Kenyatta said when he hosted a women choir from Kwale County.

Last week, Culture and Arts Principal Secretary, Patrick Omutia, said the Heroes Bill outlines the criteria for identifying, recognizing and honoring national heroes and heroines.

Omutia said under the bill, personalities who have made immense contributions to the liberation struggle in the country will be considered in one way or another. He stated that a special case of people with disabilities has been included in the bill.

"We will be publishing a National Heroes and Heroines roll of honor, providing appropriate social security for the heroes and their families and also according them State burials," he said.

He further stressed the government will continue to recognize and honor heroes through putting up of monuments in their honor, writing, publishing and displaying their names for posterity.

Speaking on Monday, President Kenyatta said the Act will outline how to reward Kenyans who have played a key role in nation building.

"There is no need for us to just reward them as if we are doing them charity but we would rather have a clear policy which identifies and rewards our heroes and heroines for their efforts in nation building," he said.

The president said the Mwakigena choir's performance at Sunday's Heroes Day celebrations reminded Kenyans of the many struggles and challenges the forefathers underwent for the nation to achieve its independence.

- Xinhua


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