President of the Republic of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta, on Thursday 23 August 2018 honored Ida Odinga, Kenyan businesswoman, activist, and of Raila Odinga, the former Prime Minister of Kenya with one of the highest civilian awards, Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart (E.G.H.) for her services to the nation. During the ceremony which also saw other outstanding women feted, Ida, wife of Raila Odinga, was also recognized as a trailblazer, who has contributed immensely toward the protection and growth of women’s welfare in Kenya.

The Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Rachel Shebesh, who emceed the session, read out Ida Odinga’s name as a president’s award honoree. “Ida Odinga is a woman who has supported political leadership in this country. She is a prominent entrepreneur, an activist, and an educator. She is awarded EGH, Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart. The EGH is the highest civilian honor coming second after Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (C.G.H.) which is conferred to sitting presidents.

The event was attended by top Government officials, including Deputy President William Ruto, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, among others. Phoebe Asiyo, former MP and Ambassador to the United Nations Development Fund for Women, launched her book at the event.

Other trailblazers feted at the event were; Phoebe Asiyo: Pioneer of women Legislation: Chief of the Burning Spear; Grace Onyango: First woman Mayor elected in Kisumu: Chief of the Burning Spear; Dr. Julia Ojiambo: Leader of Kenya Women Movement: Chief of Burning Spear; Beth Mugo: CBS Long-serving MP; Lady Justice Joyce Oluoch: Judge at ICC, CBS; Zipporah Kitony: Chief of the Burning Spear; and Prof. Wanjiku Kabira: Prof. of Literature and creative writing Chief of the Burning Spear

Source: Citizens TV

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