Kirinyaga gubernatorial aspirant Martha Karua was on Thursday presented with a water ambassador award during the first Kenya water week event.
The Narc Kenya leader was honored by Deputy President William Ruto for her efforts as water minister in ensuring access to clean water across the country.
”Happy to be honored by the Ministry of Water and Irrigation as a Water Ambassador, for leading water sector reforms while serving as Water minister,” Karua wrote on Twitter.
Martha Karua has been in the headlines over the past few weeks for first announcing her Kirinyaga governorship candidacy and for voicing her support for President Kenyatta.
Critics have hit out at her, saying the water ambassador award recognition by the Jubilee government was done because she is supporting Uhuru.
Water CS Eugene Wamalwa praised Karua, describing her as the ”Mother of Water Sector Reforms”. He noted that ethic in service was why the former Justice minister was recognized as a heroine during the Mashujaa Day celebrations.
DP Ruto, speaking at the event, spoke about the government’s plan to provide water for millions of Kenyans for their homes and farming purposes.
He cited plans including the Northern Water Collector Tunnel project which opposition chief Raila Odinga said would cause drought.
He also talked about the placement of 5.1 million acres of land under trees which seeks to ensure more than 5 billion trees are planted in 10 years.
Another notable recipient of an award on the night was Wajir Governor Abdullahi Ahmed.
Governor Ahmed was ranked the best governor in prioritizing water issues. His government is said to have drilled 134 boreholes in the last three years.