Most Exclusive Presidential Award Held by Less Than 6 Kenyans

A photo of the exclusive Uhodari Award
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta gave various awards at the Jamhuri Day celebrations at Nyayo Stadium on December 12, the highest being Elder of the Golden Heart to Chief of Defence Forces Robert Kibochi. 

    However, unknown to many, the most exclusive award is called the Uhodari Award.

    Up to date, only 13 Kenyans have received this award, but most of them passed on. 

    A photo of the exclusive Uhodari Award

    The Uhodari Medal is awarded to soldiers and individuals recognized for the most outstanding acts of bravery and sacrifice while serving in the armed forces and in different capacities.

    The longest period of time when this medal has gone unawarded is 20 years. 

    Former President Mwai Kibaki did not award anyone the medal during his 10-year rule. 

    The most notable figure to have received this award is former KDF boss General Mohamud Mohamed who was actively involved in crushing the coup attempt against the government in 1982. 

    In 2017, Uhuru posthumously awarded Major Ndeke Fredrick Afande the Uhodari Medal. Another one had been given in 2015 to the late Sergeant Dadacha Diba, the late Corporal Chesang Kipyegon Erick and the late Corporal Tonui Bernard Kipkemoi. 

    Corporal Tonui was the leader of the response team that was deployed in Garissa University after terrorists invaded the institution in 2015. 

    He held an armed attacker and paved the way for the rest of the team to successfully rescue many students who had been taken hostage. He was unfortunately fatally wounded.

    As the country’s utmost gallantry honour, it is presented to the most conscious bravery or for daring acts of valour, extreme devotion to duty and self-sacrifice. 

    The recipients of this prestigious award put the lives of others first in an act of selflessness. This is why most of its recipients are given posthumously. 

    A collage of different presidential medals in Kenya
    A collage of different presidential medals in Kenya

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