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Several Kenyans among them two individuals from every County and some sportsmen received recognition on the occasion to mark this year’s Mashujaa Day.

In the past, there were concerns from Kenyans and surviving heroes and heroines of independence that as a nation, little has been done to acknowledge and involve freedom fighters in national days.

It is preamble, the Constitution of Kenya recognizes all who heroically struggled to bring freedom and justice to our land and have made immense contribution towards the unity of our nation.  Further, the Constitution provides for a national day, designated Mashujaa Day, to be observed on every, 20th October.  This is an opportunity to honour our heroes and heroines by highlighting the role they played in the development of this nation and the world.

This year’s theme in Kiswahili “Uzalendo wetu, Ushujaa wetu” clearly demonstrates the pride with which Kenyans have on national heroes and especially the good work of the Kenya Defense Forces.

Categories which qualifies one for honour include:

  • Liberation struggle
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Cultural values and practices
  • Sportsmanship
  • Scholarship, professionalism and research
  • Peace making
  • Statesmanship
  • Entrepreneurship and industry
  • Philanthropy, and
  • Other special achievements, i.e by the Kenya Defense Forces.

Below is a list of Heroes and Heroines who received recognition during Mashujaa Day 2015


No. Name County Citation

Michael Kibet Lagat

Uasin Gishu
  • Has been a peace and reconciliation ambassador in the county especially after the post election violence
  • He has great wealth in indigenous knowledge and cultural education
  John K. Yego Uasin Gishu
  • He has worked a lot on peace and integration among communities living in Uasin Gishu.
  • He supports security issues in Uasin Gishu.

Damjibhai P. Mandavia

  • He pioneered the establishment of the Lion High in Kisumu as an educationalist.
  •  He spearheaded the establishment of the Lohana Sports Festival in Kisumu as a cultural living treasure.
  • He is currently involved in Educational matters in Kisumu.
  Monica Aketch Onyango Kisumu
  • Mama Monica’s successful career as the first woman Member of Parliament, Kisumu Town Constituency, first female Councilor in Kisumu and, the first Mayor of Kisumu has inspired many women in Kenya.
  • In recognition of her efforts, she was awarded an Hononary Doctorate in Governance, United Graduate School, Tennessee, USA and was nominated Woman of the Year-Kenya Modern Film Producer.
  • She has been a crusader for women rights.

Mary Otieno Auma

Homa Bay
  • She epitomizes the significance of making the impossible possible.
  • Went to school at 56 years of age and enrolled in class 8 and managed 256 points. She then joined Nyamasare Girls in Form I as a border and managed a mean grade of D+. She proceeded for a certificate in Community Development at Maseno University, passed highly and enrolled for a Diploma in the same University and passed with a credit.
  •  Is now pursuing a Degree in Community Development and Social Work at Kampala University.
  Asango Thomas Okanga Homa Bay
  •  He is a career civil servant both as a chief and a principal, under his leadership, he initiated  many schools, health centres and fish landing sites
  • He is a peace-crusader who has initiated a number of peace building initiatives in the area.
  • As a career civil servant, she is recognized for being instrumental in promoting education and peaceful co-existence amongst the communities in the County.
  • She is currently involved in community based development initiatives.
  • He is a living treasure and an acclaimed elder of the Luo Council of elders, who contributed to peace negotiations among the communities living in the County.

Teresia Jeptarus Kiptunge

  • An acclaimed educationalist with a distinguished career in teaching.
  • Inspirational in promoting good moral values in the Society.
  • She celebrated for championing peace in the region.
  Joseph Kipkoech Chumo Nandi
  • He is celebrated for his efforts in promoting peace, Nyumba kumi initiative.
  • He is honoured for spearheading the fight against illicit brews in the County.

Moraa Nyarang’o Mellen

  • She is a businesswoman who, personally and through her business empire has supported a constellation of health Centres and educational institutions.  Her philanthropic work and advocacy for corporate social responsibility have made her one of the region’s most esteemed entrepreneur.
  Peterson Meroka Nyamira
  • He is a living treasure and a member of the Abagussi Council of Elders.
  • Celebrated for his efforts in championing healthy living and peaceful co-existence initiatives in the County.
  Abdalla Ali Mnyenze Kwale
  • He is celebrated for his effort in promoting peaceful co-existing among the communities living in the region and cross-border.
  • He is honoured in recognition of his efforts in conservation of the Kaya Forest and his exemplary leadership to the Kwale Kaya Council Elders.
  Abdalla Omari Mfunga Kwale
  • Champions de-radicalization of youth
  • Involved in peace building and conflict resolution initiatives

Joseph Mdege Kimiywi

  • A long career civil servant. He is honoured for promoting education and security in the County as well as implementation of Development projects and disaster management initiatives in the area.
  Hellen Khisa Isiaho Vihiga
  • She is celebrated for her immense contribution to uplifting education standards of the orphans and vulnerable children via her school.
  • She is celebrated for her philanthropic attitude .

Margaret I. Akuku

  • She is an acclaimed educationalist with a distinguished career in teaching.
  • Has played a lead role in promoting girl child education.
  Charles Makokha Opoti Busia
  • He is honoured for his enormous contribution to environmental conservation and management.
  • Has improved lives in the Community by initiating numerous projects and establishing educational institutions to support the Community.
  Lino Kathera M'Erimba Meru
  • He is celebrated for his efforts in promoting peace.
  • He is also honoured for spearheading the fight against negative cultural practices like FGM.
  Mary Kanana Nteere Meru
  • She has been instrumental in programmes that eradicate poverty and drug abuse.
  • Initiated programmes aimed at promoting income generating project among the youth and women in the community.
  • Forefront in promoting education.

Fredrick K. Maluki

  • He is celebrated for his enormous support to community through his involvement in sustainable development projects and initiation of branches of Kenyatta and Southeastern Universities in the region.
  Bretta Musali Mutia Kitui
  • She is honoured for her deep involvement in championing and advocacy for girl child education by sponsoring several orphans who have in turn completed basic and secondary education.
  • Bretta is celebrated for spearheading the fight against retrogressive cultural practices like FGM.

Kago Nderitu

  • He is honoured for being instrumental in promoting education and peaceful co-existence amongst Communities living in the region.Has been at the fore in the promoting good moral through church programmes.
  Esther Wanjiku Njogu Nyandarua
  • She is celebrated for her philanthropic initiatives and for her fight against alcohol and substance abuse.

Father Joachim Gitonga

  • He is honoured for his efforts in promoting education, agriculture and small business enterprises.
  • Through the Kikuyu Council of Elders in Murang’a, he has been at the fore in fostering peace.
  Francis Mwangi Kibiru Muranga
  • He is celebrated as one of the respected elders known for promoting peace in the County through Sub-County security and Peace Committee.

David Muriuki Ngatia

  • He has had a long period of distinguished career with the Kenya Police Service, honoured for his involvement in peace building initiatives in the Community, as an agro forest and a role model to many youth.
  Mary Consolata Muthoni Muriithi Nyeri
  • She is honoured for her philanthropic initiatives in the County.
  • Has been an ardent promoter of education through her participation and engagement in education related fields.

Rose Ndungwa Mulu

  • She is celebrated for her contribution to the education sector and for her tireless initiatives to empower women in the community.
  Philip Munywoki Nganda Makueni
  • He is celebrated for his significant contribution to growth and development initiatives in the Community including: Education, business, health, women empowerment and advocacy for peace.

Joseph Kisiria Nankoris


He is recognized for his Exemplary Service in Peace Building activities along Kisii –Transmarine Counties border, in the management of stock theft.

      Has played a leading role in eradication of Illicit brews – an  alcohol free region.

  Pauline Kinyarakuoo Narok
  • Pauline is being recognized and honoured for her tireless advocacy against retrogressive cultural practices and abuse of children rights which has seen her rescue many girls from early marriage.
  Apakamoi Psinon Renson (Hsc) West Pokot
  • He is celebrated as one of the respected elders known for promoting peace in the county and cross border crusader.
  Mary Cheptorus Mariach West Pokot
  • She is celebrated for her efforts in empowering women and promoting peace in the Community.
  • The County also recognizes her contribution in agricultural activities and for fighting retrogressive cultural practices, while promoting girl child education.

Eutace Nkoroi Nyaga

Tharaka Nithi
  • He is honoured for his immense contribution in education and other development projects at the Community level as a community leader.
  Micheni Ndii Tharaka Nithi
  • He is a living treasure who has specialized in the preservation of the communal culture and materials.
  • She is celebrated for her efforts in supporting children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Currently she is assisting 6,000 children in 7 districts/3 Counties.
  • Also engaged in women empowerment initiatives in Ainamoi and Kipkelion.
  •  Has initiated partnerships between the community and universities and a forum of nurturing leadership skills among women

Ezekiel Kibet Cheruiyot

  • He is honoured by the county for his contribution to community empowerment through education and other development ventures.
  • A community elder recognized for his peace initiatives.

Mukesh Kumar Kantilan Patel

  • He is celebrated by the county for his philanthropic initiatives in supporting educational, sports and health infrastructure.
  • Has been instrumental in improving lives of marginalized members in the county through employing them in his business chains, while supporting street children.
  Edna Chelangat Chelule Bomet
  • She is recognized for her significant contribution n education to society through empowering and giving hope to the hopeless.
  •  Has also made tremendous contribution in the fighting retrogressive cultural practices.

Alice Jepkorir Morogo

  • She is honoured for being instrumental for championing education initiatives as teacher and at the management level.
  • Alice is a ardent FGM crusader and a role model to many youth in the region.


  • He is honoured for championing community development projects in the County:Schools and water projects for the members of the Community.
  • Bettion is recognized for his philanthropic gesture, of donating land for installation of the NIS booster that serves the entire North Rift region, and as peace crusader.

Muthoni Likimani

  • Has championed women empowerment and literacy for all through book writing.
  • She is a prolific author of many books which have inspired many readers. A great inspiration to particularly to girl child and women locally and internationally.
  Abdallah Mwasimba                                                    Nairobi
  • Prolific poet (shairi)
  • Has contributed in the curriculum development locally and internationally
  Julius Mwiti Isiolo
  • An entrepreneur who has contributed tremendously in community development projects and complementing security programmes

Patrick Angwenyi

  • He is acclaimed for his contribution to education in the community.
  • A pillar of peace to the Community.
  Florence Moraa Manduku Kisii
  • An acclaimed educationalist with a distinguished career in teaching.
  • Inspirational in promoting good morals in society.
  Omari Matende Kakamega
  • Champions community development projects
  • Promotes peace building and conflict resolution
  • He champions sports activities in the county and beyond
  Joseph Muyeka Kakamega
  • Educationist and cultural expert
  • Currently involved in development initiatives on the county
  David W. Ikaru Turkana
  • He is celebrated for his efforts for promoting peace.
  • He is honoured for spearheading fight against retrogressive cultural practices.
  Sara Akoru Lochodo Turkana
  • She is celebrated for his efforts for promoting peace.
  • She is honoured for spearheading fight against retrogressive cultural practices.
  Silas Cherop Elgeyo Marakwet
  • He is recognized by the County for his efforts in the advocacy for peace in the region as the chairman of the Marakwet Council of Elders.
  • Silas has initiated many development projects geared towards national building.
  Haron Kiplagat Kwambai Elgeyo Marakwet
  • Haron is celebrated for Championing education for girl child and promoting development for women.
  • He is an Anti-FGM crusader in the County.
  Ahmed M. Shimbwa Mombasa
  • He has assisted youths to gain driving skills and offered employment to the youth.
  • Has helped finance peace and community policing initiatives. Has worked o initiatives to improve on road safety.
  • He has supported famine and disaster operation activities.
  Agnes Jola Mombasa
  • Is involved in fighting drug and substance abuse.
  • Women mobilize for promotion of Early Childhood Education
  • Active campaigner on breast cancer and HIV/AIDS awareness.



  Andrew Njeru Kareva Embu Freedom fighter
  Herman Nguyo Warui Nyeri Freedom fighter
  Esther Wangui Ngure Laikipia Freedom Fighter
  Lucy Ngituri Thiora Meru Freedom fighter
  James Gachege Nganga Kiambu Freedom Fighter
  Gitu Kahengeri Kiambu Freedom fighter
  Joseph Mwangi Wainaina Kiambu Freedom Fighter
  Elijah Kinyua Ng’ang’a Nyandarua Freedom fighter
  Peter Mwangi Wambu Nyeri Freedom fighter
  Mwai Wamuthigi Kirinyaga Freedom fighter
  Githiga Gikonyo Murang’a Freedom fighter
  Virginia Wangui Nguuo Kiambu Freedom fighter
  Josepg Njoroge Mwaniki Nairobi Freedom Fighter
  Peter Kamau Gachue Murang’a Freedom fighter
  Charles Mbaabu Mugambi


Freedom fighter
  Samuel WambuguGithaiga Nyeri Freedom fighter
  Stanley Lumumba Thikanyi Meru Freedom fighter
  Ephantus Njeru Tiras Embu Freedom fighter
  Waihwa Kinini Laikipia Freedom Fighter
  Theuri Wambui Jelioth Nakuru Freedom fighter



  Benjamin Kogo
  • 3000m steeple chase Gold medal winner in the 1st All African Games- Brazaville, 1965.
  Rose Tata Muya
  • 400m hurdles Silver medalist in All African Games in Nairobi, 1987 and Grandprix, 1988.
  Pauline Konga     
  • 5000m Gold medalist in World cross Country in Antwerpen, 1991 and 1939in World cross country championships in Amorebieta.
  Daniel Rudisha
  • He ran anchor leg in the surprise Kenya relay team which won silver in Mexico Olympics behind the Americans, 1968.
  Billy Konchellah
  • 4 times 800m Gold Medalist during the Stuttgart World Championships, 1993, Tokyo World championships, 1991, Rome World championships, 1987 and the 4th All African Games in Nairobi,1987.
  Nyantika Maiyoro
  • He was among the first Kenyans to represent the then Kenyan Colony in the British Empire in Vancouver, Canada in 1954.He represented Kenya in 5000m in 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. He also represented Kenya in 5000m in Rome Olympic Games, 1960.
  Sabina Chebichii
  • The first Kenyan Woman to win a medal at the Common Wealth Games in Christ Church, Newzealand in 1974.
  Vivian Cheruiyot
  • 7 times Gold medalist in 2015 Beijing World Championships,2010 New Delhi Common Wealth Games,2010All African Games Nairobi,2011 World Cross Country, 2011 World indoor Championships Doha, 2011 World championships in Daegu and 2009 World Championship in Berlin.
  Julius Yego
  • 5 times Gold Medalists during the:2015 Beijing World Championships,2014 Common Wealth Games in Glasgow, 2011, 2014 and 2012 All African Games.
  Kadogo Eunice
  • First ever 100m hurdles Silver medalist during the 2015 Brazzaville 11th African Games. A promising sprinter in future.
  Nicholas Bett
  • Won Kenya’s first ever Global Gold medal in the 2015 Beijing World Championships.
  Suleiman Bilali
  • 2 times Gold medalist in All Africa Games Abuja
  Stephen Muchoki
  • Gold medal in Christchurch Commonwealth Games-1974
  • 5 Gold medals in Regional East, Southern And Central Africa Tournament In Light Flyweight Berth from 1974 to 1978
  • Gold medal in Third All Africa Games Algiers in 1978
  Omar Ahmed Kasongo
  • Gold medalist in  Harare All Africa Games in 1995
  • Gold medal in Victoria Commonwealth Games in 1994
  Isaiah Ikhoni
  • 14 wins  in Japaneese Super Featherweight Title Tokyo, Japan from 19881 to 1985 
  Joe Kadenge                   
  • Kadenge managed the Kenya national football team in 2002
  • He is the Kenya soccer maestro whose magic never tarnished with fleeting seasons and is 
he’s regarded as the finest footballer ever produced by the country.
  • Kadenge represented the national team for 14 years
  Mohamud Abbas
  • Popularly known as Kenya one. He was named into the Kenya football hall of fame, for 2014, by legendary Kenyan players of all time. He  became the 2nd player to win the award
  Bobby Ogola
  • He is a legendary defender who won 3 consecutive CECAFA trophies with the National team Harambee Stars between 1981 and 1983.
  Maurice Odumbe           
  • Former Kenya cricket captain –cum player and a veteran of three world cups when Kenya reached semifinals of 2003world cup in south Africa.
  • He was a member of the Kenyan team to the 1998 common wealth games in Malaysia
  • He was man of the match in Kenya versus the mighty West Indies in 1996 world cup in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
  • Man of the match Kenya versus Sri Lanka in 1997 world cup in England.
  • Man of the match Kenya versus Bangladesh in south Africa 2003 world cup which Kenya reached the semi finals
  • Winner of many international and local awrds
  • Best player international cricket conference tournament in Holland in 1990
  • Most valuable player international cricket conference in Kenya in 1994
  • Man of the series in 1997 international cricket conference in Malaysia
  • Highest scorer in the international cricket conference batting averages
  • One of the best player Kenya has ever produced.


  David Amunga
  • A composer and singer since the 1960s
  • Well known for hits such as “America to Africa, mama mukoya, Jane is pretty, someni vijana
  • Formed Kassanga Star Sound in 1967 which help produce so many other artists.
2. Sukuma Bin Ongaro
  • Born in 1946 in Khwisero Constituency.
  • Renowned for his albums; “This world (pronounced as tsisi worlti), Mama kamala among others”
3. Reuben Kigame
  • He is well known for his song ‘Mshukuruni Bwana
4. Joseph Kamaru
  • Joseph Kamaru(born 1939) is abengamusician from centralKenya.
  • Kamaru made his first breakthrough in 1967 withCelina. Sung in the traditional Mucun'gwa style of the Gikuyu people, Kamaru's song explains the dangers of alcohol.
  • In 1993 he turned from secular music togospel musicand disbanded his previous group, the Kamaru Supersounds.
5. Philip Yegon
  • Philip Yegon, popularly known as Bamwai,{Youtube} is the band leader of Moto Moto Band and composer of the song ‘Emily Chepchumba’
  • It is believed that every time Ezekiel Kemboi crossed the line in world athletics competitions he would dance to this song.
6. Mohamed Kartar
  • Among the youths who have redefined the matatu image by introducing matatu graffiti which is uniquely Kenyan in the matatu culture.

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