The Nakuru County Honors and Awards Bill 2019 was on Thursday subjected to public participation at the County Assembly.
Various groups among them Civil society groups, elders, Media, Maendeleo Ya Wanawake, youths and Persons Living with Disability,Lawyers as well as religious groups had the opportunity to air their views on the Bill.
The Public participation meeting was chaired by Flamingo Ward MCA Eddy Kiragu who is also the chair Youths Sports and Culture Committee at the County assembly of Nakuru.
The Bill sponsored by Kabazi MCA Dr. Peter Mbae seeks to provide a framework for the recognition of and establishment of criteria for the identification, selection and honoring of acts of heroism and excellence.
It will also provide for the categories of county honours and awards and further establish mechanisms and procedures for conferring of County honours and awards to recognized heroes.
The Categories include Chief of the Order of Golden Crown,Elder of the Order of the Golden Crown,Moran of the Order of the Golden Crown,Chief of Order of the Burning Sword,and Elder of the Order of the Burning Sword.
Others include the Moran Order of the Burning Sword, League of Champion Medal, Distinguished Conduct Order, Distinguished Service Medal and Governors Commendation Medal.
Addressing the media at the county assembly buildings, MCA Mbae the Bill will go a long way in addressing the gap that has been there when it comes to identification of heroes.
He says the Bill proposes an inclusive committee in place to go round the county and identify real heroes.
The committee will then submit the names to the governor who will then honor and award them.
“We have had people who are not heroes being honored and that is why we came up with this Bill so that the real heroes can be honored” said Mbae.
The Bill further seeks to ensure that heroes who are elderly are enrolled for free on NHIF so that they can get treated whenever they fall sick.
Mbae adds that the Bill will then be subjected to Second Reading and he is optimistic that it will sail through and become part of the law.