Explainer: Privileges that come with presidential awards

President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulates Eliud Kipchoge, the legendary athlete who made history as the first man to run the marathon in less than two hours, after he awarded him the Elder of the Golden Heart (EGH) award during the Mashujaa Day celebrations at the Mama Ngina Waterfront Park, Mombasa County on October 20, 2019. PHOTO | PSCU

What you need to know:

  • The quest for the head of state award is not for the fainthearted, and Kenyans have questioned how some past recipients— some considered ‘socialites’ and ‘slay queens’— qualified for such honours.
  • Here, we look at what privileges and entitlements come with the presidential awards.

On Sunday, Eliud Kipchoge, the first human being to run a marathon under two hours, was among hundreds of Kenyans who received presidential awards for their distinguished service to the nation.


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