Outstanding Kenyans of 2018

These are Kenyans who excelled in the year 2018

Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish-line at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

Olympic champion Eliud 

This was one among his many after he smashed the previous world record by a massive one minutes and 16 seconds, clocking 2 hours, 01 minute and 39 seconds to retain his BMW Berlin Marathon title.

Kipchoge also led a list of three Kenyans who were named in the final shortlist of 10 for the 2018 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year Award.

He also began the year by winning the London Marathon made – London Marathon champion the biggest improvement on a men’s marathon world record since 1967.

Irene Mumbi, Girl Risks Life to Save Mother From Burning House

Irene Mumbi, 18, might have to live with severe scars caused by burns sustained while rescuing her disabled mother and a child from a burning house five months ago.

What was meant to be a quick rescue mission left Mumbi nursing burn injuries and unable to go to school.

I do not regret my decision to save my mother and the baby. Though the child succumbed to the burns, I am happy to see my mother alive without any injuries,” she stated.

For her selflessness and courage, Mumbi is a hero not only this year but forever.

Kenyans Awarded by the Queen

Chebet Lesan, Domitila Chesang and Towett Ngetich were awarded the Queen’s Young Leaders Award for transforming lives in their communities.

Winners of this prestigious award receiveD a unique package of training, mentoring and networking that will go a long way in helping them continue and develop the work they are already doing in their communities.

Noordin Haji

Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji stepped on so many toes with his approach to corruption when he was sworn in office this year. He vowed to uproot the monster of graft that has for years grown too fat and stretched its tentacles too far in the Government.

His actions have earned him a seat as one of the outstanding Kenyans the country has had. His first five months in office were a nightmare for Government officials, parastatal bosses, and Judiciary staff suspected of dipping their hands in public coffers.

Polycarp Igathe

In a political world, it's seemingly impossible to be shocked, but the resignation of Polycarp Igathe as the Nairobi County Deputy governor, was met with two words, What and Why?

His decision led to the union between him and governor Mike Sonko being termed as the shortest political marriage of the last decade. To answer the why Igathe revealed the problems he faced working with Mr Sonko.

I regret having failed to earn the trust of the governor to enable me to drive administration and management of the county,” he said in a statement.

Igathe made this list because unlike most of our politicians, he did not lie and stay on for the money and vilify Sonko. He took the high road and stepped aside because he could not deliver under the circumstances.

It is a cliche but nevertheless true that all political careers end in failure. But perhaps the best way to manage that failure is to do it on your own terms, to set the rules of your departure. Political office often brings with it a greed for power, and a refusal to give it up at all costs. That’s politics.

Okiya Omtata

Many people have called him the Kenyan hero and King of the Court corridors for his contribution to holding the government and parliament accountable.

Mr Omtata, although not a lawyer, has fought in matters of public litigation and won favor in the eyes of Kenyans for battling the government head on. His name is about to enter into the Guinness Books of Records as the sole individual who has filed the highest number of cases in court.


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