Orders, decorations, and medals 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 Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart is the highest honour awarded by the Kenyan government.[3]

Awards

  • 1st Class – Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart (C.G.H.)
  • 2nd Class – Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart (E.G.H.)
  • 3rd Class – Moran of the Order of the Golden Heart (M.G.H.)
  • 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.)
  • Military Division
  • Civilian Division

Recipients

Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart

The President of Kenya holds the position of Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya. The incumbent is Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya is the highest honour in Kenya,[3] 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.[5]

Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart

The Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart is the second highest honour awarded by the Kenyan government.

On 20 April 2017, President Uhuru Kenyatta awarded the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart to Mufaddal Saifuddin, at the inauguration of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah in Nairobi.[6]

On 20 October 2019, President Uhuru Kenyatta awarded the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya to Eliud Kipchoge for running a sub two-hour marathon in Vienna, Austria.

Bars

Ribbon bars[7]
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

References

  1. ^ The Kenya Gazette, vol. 88, Published by Authority of the Republic of Kenya, 2002
  2. ^ a b Kenya National Assembly Official Record (Hansard), National Assembly of Kenya, 10 June 2009
  3. ^ a b Lorch, Donatella (2 April 1994). "Busia Journal; Where Uganda and Kenya Collide". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  4. ^ "KENYA ORDER OF THE GOLDEN HEART". Gentleman's Military Interest Club. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  5. ^ Kenya: Country Honours Aga Khan, All Africa, retrieved 29 July 2011
  6. ^ Capital News; Opening of Al Jamea tus Saifiyah, 20 April 2017, retrieved 21 April 2017
  7. ^ "Photographic image : Ribbons" (GIF). Coleccionesmilitares.com. Retrieved 9 August 2017.