A list of Kenyans who have been awarded top state honors has gone viral for all the wrong reasons.
Kenyans on social media have been up in arms expressing shock and disbelief at the names of individuals who have been awarded. Most Kenyans are opposed to some on the list who include; Journalist Jackie Maribe, State House communications Director Dennis Itumbi, Githeriman among others.
Read some of the names in the list below:
Popular Kikuyu singer Ben Githae is also named as one of those whom many Kenyans don’t agree should be in the list.
Ben Githae got bashed by Kenyans during the campaigns after dedicating a song to Jubilee. The song dubbed ‘UhuruTanoTena’ was received well by his supporters.
We spoke to Ben Githae who insisted he has no regrets for dedicating that sing to Jubilee party and more so President Uhuru.
Upon the release of his song, Githae received a lot of backlash from the public, with many finding fault with the artiste for taking a political stand and other saying that he is no longer doing gospel songs..
The song in praise of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto was focusing on their development record, touching on various projects, among them the Standard Gauge Railway, roads and free maternity. However, a section of Kenyans accused him of selling his soul and prioritizing money over the gospel.
Speaking to the Word is on phone, Ben Githae said his affiliation to Jubilee was his democratic right and the love he has for Jubilee Party.
What are his thoughts on being included in the top state honors list and people saying he is not fit to be included?
Read his response below;
“Well tangu nilipokua sijajulikana nilikua naona hizo awards zikipatiwa akina Esther Wahome, Eric Wainanina na Kamaru. Mara yangu ya kwanza niliingia kwa ofisi ya Kamaru nilipata hiyo picha ya award imewekwa kwa ukuta and when I asked mzee hii nayo inaitwa nini he told me its an award that he was given by former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi for his contribution to the country and at that time, no one complained.
So my contribution in this artist world has been recognized by the President. What I would like to tell them is that favor is very unfair. Me kwanza ni msanii wa Gospel sana ata kuliko vile nilifanya hiyo ya ‘Tano Tena’.
Kuna kitu in gospel, unaeza ona msanii amejifunga kuomba ameenda mpaka sijui wapi ndio music yake ihit but favour isipokufuata hutapata kitu yeyote but kuna mwingine anaambiwa anakunywa pombe ako na wasichana but akitoa wimbo watu wanakua kwa foleni wakinunua ngoma yake.
It is called unmerited grace yani ukipata kibali kwa king ata mwingine akuje afanye somersault but God akisema Ni Ben Githae amepata favor that is how it will be.
I got it because I deserve it before the eyes of God, but some people may feel I do not deserve it, its before their own eyes.”He concluded.