November 29, 2022

On Wednesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta awarded the Head of State Commendation to a farmer, who was famous for delivering water to thirsty wild animals at Tsavo National Park in 2016.

Patrick Mwalua Kilonzo was among individuals honoured by the head of state during Jamhuri Day celebrations in 2018 but was yet to receive an award.

The award was delivered through Tourism Cabinet Secretary, Najib Balala.

Patrick Mwalua Kilonzo receives his Head of State Commendation award from Tourism Minister Najib Balala.

An enthusiastic Kilonzo took to Facebook to request Kenyans to join him in celebrating the award for his heroic act.

This is a day I will never forget. Najib Balala, the minister of Tourism and Wildlife, honouring me with Head of State Commendation award from the President of the Republic of Kenya for my efforts of helping wildlife during drought seasons in Tsavo Park,” he posted.

Kilonzo has been battling a kidney illness for almost seven years and has been in search of Ksh4 million so as to undergo a kidney transplant. He, however, revealed that he had found a sponsor for his treatment in India.

He joins a list of other recipients including controversial blogger Robert Alai, embattled journalist, Jacque Maribe and Martin Kimotho alias Githeriman among others.

Alai, Maribe and Githeriman have, however, often found themselves on the wrong side of the expected norm.

Kilonzo at Tsavo National Park

Maribe has a murder case pending in court, Alai has been arrested several times for controversial comments on social media attacking the government online, while Githeriman has often been found drunk and in a sorry state.

A photo of Dennis Itumbi and Maribe with others at the Muthaiga Police station
An undated photo of Robert Alai in handcuffs
Githeriman queuing up to vote in August 2017 General Election

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