Kenya 7s Captain Andrew Amonde is among Kenyans that received the head of state commendation – Civilian division, recognition by president Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday Afternoon.
The Head of state commendation recognition comes a few days after the star jetted back in the country from the World 7s Series opening rounds where he captained Kenya to a 13th place finish in Dubai and a seventh-place finish in Cape Town 7s.
Amonde who features for KCB played a major role in Kenya 7s survival last season and captained the team to Africa Men’s 7s triumph where they qualified for the Olympics for the second time. Commenting on the recognition Amonde said:
“It’s very exciting yet humbling to receive this recognition from His. Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta. I dedicate it to my teammates who we continually work together to fly the Kenyan flag high.”
Amonde joins 134 other Kenyans who earned the recognition. The commendation is given to recipients on the advice of the National Honours and Awards Committee in the Office of the President.
According to the National Honours Act, those who merit the decoration include; a person who exhibits exemplary qualities, or achievements of heroism, patriotism or leadership, one who has made an exemplary contribution to the country in the economic, scientific, academic, sports, journalism, business, security or other fields.
Amonde joins his predecessor Humphrey Kayange who received the presidential Order of Golden Warriors (OGW- the highest award in Kenya) in 2010 alongside his brother Collins Injera, for their performance in the 2008/2009 IRB world series.
In addition to the commendation, the government may, from time to time, accord national heroes who are in need of assistance with the highest attainable standard of healthcare services, , accessible and adequate housing and reasonable standards of sanitation; adequate food of acceptable quality, lean and safe water in adequate quantities;Social security; free education for their dependants of school-going age up to tertiary level; free transport to public functions to which they are invited within the country; and
Part of the Head of States Commendation (HSC) Civilian Division 1. Hon. Mohamed Ahmed Abdullahi 2. Mr. Amonde Andrew Noel Omondi 3. Ms. Moraa Mary 4. Mr. Cheruiyot Timothy 5. Mr. Oyugi John Bob 6. Mr. Wanyama Victor Mugubi 7. Ms. Owino Rosemary Achieng 8. Mr. Kimeu Boniface 9. Mr. Tomlinson Ivan 10. Mr. Kiptum Daniel 11. Mr. Meni Geoffrey Mwangi 12. Ms. Asidaga Abigael 13. Mr. Mutai Vincent Kiprono 14. Mr. Dindi Sam 15. Mr Omari Gabriel 16. Mr. Mwabu Julius N. 17. Mr. Okiring Stephen