Public Service Cabinet Secretary Moses has hinted that Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua had a hand in his missing out from the list of honourees for the national award.
In a cryptic message on Tuesday, the CS revealed that he was still in the running for the honours.
He shared a Gazette Notice containing the names of the honourees alongside another photo showing that the approval for the awardees is done by the Office of the Deputy President.
“We shall be there no matter what,” he summed up his post.
DP Rigathi Gachagua in Garissa County on December 4, 2023
His Cabinet colleagues who honoured include Health CS Susan Nakhumicha, her EAC counterpart Malonza Peninah, ICT CS Owalo Eliud Okech, Lands CS Njeru Zachariah Mwangi, Energy CS Davis Chirchir and Trade CS Rebecca Miano.
Gachagua’s office is tasked with constituting the National and County Governments Honours Advisory Committee.
Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna, another nominee who was in the running for the Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) award, also complained, albeit sarcastically, when he noticed that his name was missing from the final list.
“I respect Ruto’s decision denying me the national honors I had been nominated for,” Sifuna lamented.
“I always suspected the disdain was mutual. I thank Parliament for the nomination though. And to all those who made it to the list, congratulations!”
Several leaders within the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party among them Gladys Wanga, Opiyo Wandayi and Stewart Madzayo received different categories of national honours.
In the Gazette Notice, Ruto bestowed the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart (EGH) on 27 individuals among them record-breaking athlete Faith Kipyegon and the Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces General Ogolla Francis Omondi.
Ruto also awarded the Moran of the Order of the Golden Heart to eight individuals including the Inspector of Police Koome Japhet Nchebere, EACC Chief Executive Twalib Abdallah Mbarak and NIS boss Noordin Haji.
President William Ruto gives an address at the 60th Jamhuri Day Celebrations.