2017 Jamhuri Day: Surprise, displeasure and disdain are few of the terms that can be used to best describe Kenyans’ reaction on learning that Githeri Man, Robert Alai and Dennis Itumbi are some of those in line to receive the erstwhile prestigious honour.

 2017 Jamhuri Day Head of State Commendation List
Some Kenyans on the 2017 Jamhuri Day Head of State Commendation List

Githeri Man, real names Martin Kamotho, shot to fame when a photo of him eating githeri as he queued to vote went viral. This was during the 8th August 2017 elections. Several brands leapt on his newfound fame and rewarded him variously.

Controversial blogger Robert Alai is also set to receive the award. Alai used to be a fierce critic of the government, getting arrested severally for his scathing attacks. He has changed tact and can often be seen as a guest in state functions.

Dennis Itumbi is pro-government blogger in charge of the government’s digital team. His office is tasked with making sure the government is glossy on social media.

Other controversial names on the list include Jubilee blogger Pauline Njoroge, Ben Githae (he composed the Jubilee ‘Tano Tena’ campaign song), and journalist Jackie Maribe.

Here are a few Kenyans’on Twitter’s reactions:



The Head of State Commendation is award is an honourable award bestowed on Kenyan civilians who have shown exemplary service to nation. These include those who have excelled in sports, research, academia and philanthropy.

Other recipients of Presidential awards during this Jamhuri Day include Ken Lusaka and Kipchumba Murkomen who will receive the Golden Heart award.

You can also read  President Uhuru Kenyatta parliament speech today, 2017: State of the Nation Address

SRC’s Sarah Serem, Education PS George Magoha, former IEBC chairman Isaak Hassan get the award of the burning spear.

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