The National Government has recognized three champions in Makueni County for their great contribution towards the society by promoting education, arts and culture and environment conservation.
The three identified as Masaku Mutua Muange (98), Jacinta Mumbua Kituku and Ruth Katungwa Mwendwa (32) were given awards for their efforts by the Makueni County Commissioner, Mr Maalim Mohammed, on behalf of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The trio were supposed to be awarded the medals during the last Mashujaa Day that was held at Kirinyaga County in October 20 2021. They underwent rigorous vetting before they were selected by a committee.
Mr Muange was feted for his immense contribution to education, environment and for fighting for the liberation of this country during the colonial period.
The man who is well advanced in age, is also regarded as a peace ambassador in the county who is a living example in advocating for peace need to be emulated in a bid to promote peace in the country.
On her part, Ms Kituku was feted for helping vulnerable children in the Kamba nation. According to her, she has sponsored over 1,000 students to secondary schools by looking for donors.
“Since 2009 to date, I have been sponsoring vulnerable children in Makindu, Kathozweni, Kibwezi and Machakos. I will continue to support them as some of them are in secondary and universities,” said Kituku.
She disclosed that logistics remains the main challenge and appealed to the government and well-wishers to support the noble course so that they can put a smile on these needy children.
In the same event, Ms Mwendwa was recognised for promoting art and culture by training youths. She is an acrobat besides making pots and jewelry.
“I love doing crafts and interior design in houses besides being a trainer of acrobats. This is an employment that youths have not exploited,” said Ms Mwendwa.
Addressing the hero and the heroines in his Wote Boardroom, Mohammed said that the trio should have travelled to Kirinyaga where they were supposed to be feted by the President Kenyatta among other Kenyans at the Mashujaa Day Celebrations.
However, the administrator said that they were represented by one person with disability at the event that was held at Wang’uru Stadium.
“On behalf of the President, the government has appreciated your efforts in contributing to humanity. You are the role models in the society,” said Mohammed.
By Patrick Nyakundi and Ronald Rono