Kisumu – Mama Sarah Obama, the step-grandmother to U.S.A President, Barack Obama, and the Principal of Maranda High School, Boaz Owino, was among 15 people in Bondo sub-County awarded medals by the state for their distinct contribution to society.
Awarding the Head of State Commendation (HSC) medals to the recipients, Nyanza regional Commissioner, Francis Mutie, said the government recognises the role being played by civilians in improving the lives of their fellow Kenyans.
He called on other Kenyans of goodwill to come forth and help the less fortunate in the society by initiating programmes to alleviate the suffering of the vulnerable by empowering them economically.
Mama Sarah Obama, who is also UN goodwill ambassador for nutrition, was awarded for her contribution through the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation (MSOF) that helps orphans and poor families to access education.
Speaking after the award, Maranda High School Principal, Boaz Owino, said his school is determined to continue excelling in national examinations despite two fire tragedies that hit the school this year.
“We spent KES 25 million to rebuild the school and we intend to install CCTV cameras in the school by next year to ensure such incidences are not repeated,” he noted.
Maranda has been posting exemplary performance in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations in the past few years, with over 200 students having beien able to join University.
Also recognised for his contribution to society was a University don, Boniface Otieno Orario, the chairman of Obunga slums community policing unit.