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CS Namwamba honours broadcasting legend Leonard Mambo Mbotela with Sh1 million

Namwamba presented Mbotela with the Hongera Award and monetary reward.

Leonard Mambo Mbotela and Sports CS Ababu Namwamba

Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs and Sports, Ababu Namwamba, on October 24 paid a heartfelt visit to the iconic broadcaster, Leonard Mambo Mbotela, at his residence in Nairobi.

The purpose of the visit was to inquire about the well-being of the renowned broadcaster.

During this visit on Tuesday, October 24, Namwamba presented Mr Mbotela with the prestigious Hongera Award and a generous sum of Sh1 million as a token of appreciation for his invaluable contributions to the nation.


In a statement shared on the official social media account of the ministry, the CS and the legendary broadcaster, most celebrated for his iconic 'Je Huu Ni Uungwana' programme, indulged in a nostalgic conversation, reminiscing about the golden era of radio broadcasting, particularly in the realm of sports commentary.

"Legends are forever. What a special blessing to visit with and drink from the fountain of wisdom of this incredible national hero of all time, the ever-green, irrepressible colossus Leonard Mambo Mbotela, he of the peerless 'Je, huu ni ungwana' fame.

"Support for Mbotela is a special salute to him and all our broadcasting greats who have left such an indelible mark on the rich tapestry of our nation. Live long Shujaa!" Ababu tweeted.


Leonard Mambo Mbotela, an 83-year-old stalwart of Kenyan broadcasting, celebrated his birthday in the company of family and close friends.

In this intimate gathering, he not only marked another year of a life well-lived but also shared invaluable insights and encouragement for aspiring broadcasters.

His wisdom is an embodiment of his journey through the world of media, an industry characterised by fierce competition and unwavering determination.

Though Mbotela expressed a heartfelt desire to celebrate his birthday with fellow Kenyans at the renowned Madaraka Day festivities, logistics prevented him from doing so.


Yet, his absence in that particular gathering did nothing to diminish his presence in the hearts and minds of Kenyans, where his influence and legacy are evergreen.

With a broadcasting career spanning decades, Leonard Mambo Mbotela became a household name, leaving an indelible mark on Kenyan radio and television.

His appeal transcends generations, encompassing both dedicated fans who have grown up with his shows and a new wave of younger listeners who continue to be captivated by his broadcasts.


Mbotela, even as he takes a step back from the rigors of daily studio work, remains a constant fixture on the airwaves.

He dedicates weekends to record his shows, ensuring that his rich voice and engaging programs accompany his loyal fans throughout the week.

His illustrious career commenced in the early 1970s when he joined the national broadcaster, then known as Voice of Kenya, which has since evolved into the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).


The list of accolades and awards Mbotela has received throughout his career stands as a testament to his extraordinary contributions to the Kenyan media landscape.

But beyond the honors, he hopes to be remembered as someone who treats everyone with respect, regardless of age, and as a beacon of love.

Mbotela actively engages with young individuals through mentoring programs, demonstrating that his influence extends far beyond the radio waves. He continues to be an enduring source of inspiration, leaving an indelible legacy in Kenyan broadcasting and mentoring the stars of tomorrow.


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