Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday morning honored Mama Sarah Obama for her dedicated service in helping the less fortunate in the society.
The Head of State presented her the Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear award at State House in Nairobi.
Mama Sarah – the grandmother to former US President Barack Obama – founded Mama Sarah Obama Foundation, a charitable organisation that helps orphans and poor families feed and educate their children.
The Foundation’s mission is to improve the education and welfare of disadvantaged children through forging partnership and linkages with both local leaders, national and international partners.
The Foundation also constructed Early Childhood Development Centres, rehabilitation of Primary and secondary Schools, Construction of Medical Centres, Development of a Vocational Centre and Establishment of the Mama Sarah Scholarship Fund.
The President also awarded Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu and James Ogutu.
Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu who is the current Vice President of the Supreme Court was awarded the Moran of the Order of the Golden heart (MGH) for her distinguished service rendered to the country.
She is an advocate of the High Court with over 32 years’ of experience in the legal profession. She was admitted as an advocate of the High Court in 1984 after graduating from Nairobi University with a Bachelor of Law degree.
Otieno James Ogutu was awarded the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) for his dedication and distinguished service rendered to the Nation.
Mr. Otieno who holds a Diploma in Advanced Youth and Development from University of Guyana was first employed in the Ministry of Culture and Social Services as a Research Assistant, where he was instrumental in recording and transcription of traditional music of Kenyan tribes.
He rose through the ranks to become Youth Officer in the same Ministry in charge of the Development and Management of Youth Polytechnics. Mr. Ogutu also headed the Youth Department at the Kenya Red Cross in 1983.
He left the Civil Service and ventured in business and started a company called Otieno International Limited which specializes in Military ornaments, Medals and ceremonial items.
In his company he has created employment to many youths and served many countries in supplying military ornaments.
President Kenyatta commended them for their commitment and dedication to service and wished them success in their endevours.
The ceremony was conducted by Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua.
Later Mama Sarah Obama paid a courtesy call on the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.