Parliament has expressed its respect for long-serving employees, applauding them for all their efforts throughout their time in office. Through the parliamentary Honours Advisory Committee, beneficiaries received the honours that were given to them by President Uhuru Kenyatta in December 2015. One of the recipient was a 57-year-old barman. See his story.
Andrew Gicheha, also known as Njoro, was honoured with the most senior waiter in Parliament’s catering department – as the Barman has served the parliament for 33 years. He received Head of State Commendation (HSC), Civilian Division Award for good service.
The honour, Andrew said, came as a shock as he never thought he would be bestowed with an award for “getting legislators drunk with their favourites”.
Expressing his gratitude, Andrew said he is now eligible to enter into any office or be a guest at any state function without being thrown out by the police. On the plus side, Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro made a controversial revelation about Njoro, stating that he was among his largest client during his tenure as Turkana Central MP.
Seconding that the honour has boosted the barman’s status in the country, Ekwee recalled when police had bundled him off over claims that he had a connection to the Mungiki.
The Speaker complimented Njoro, saying that he had received the award for the humility he displayed in serving some of the clients. The 57-year-old man had allegedly served the likes of ex-President Kibaki and even president Uhuru when he was an MP.
Other MPs and Senators also received ‘Chief of Burning Spear First Class’ Award during the ceremony presided over by Ethuro and National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi.
The MPs who smiled home with some awards include, Nominated Senators Beatrice Elachi, Fatuma Dullo, Samburu’s Sammy Leshore, Mutava Musyimi (Mbeere South) and Benjamin Langat (Ainamoi).