National heroes are entitled to these benefits and privileges


National heroes are entitled to these benefits and privileges
President Uhuru Kenyatta hosts Kenyans to a State Luncheon at State House, Mombasa moments after the Mashujaa Day 2019 Celebrations held at Mama Ngina Waterfront Park on October 20, 2019. PHOTO | PSCU

In Summary

  • Apart from the individuals who received national honours, there is another league of extraordinary men and women called national heroes.
  • These individuals are the likes of freedom fighters or sports legends who changed the course of history and put Kenya on the global stage.

Mashujaa Day celebrations on Sunday – October 20, 2019 – was all about heroes and commemorating their invaluable contributions to the country.

Apart from the individuals who received national honours, there is another league of extraordinary men and women called national heroes.

These individuals are the likes of freedom fighters or sports legends who changed the course of history and put Kenya on the global stage.

The National Heroes Council formulates various ways of recognising these heroes.

A person who is declared a national hero is usually entitled to certain benefits which include an invite as a State guest to national and community functions.

For those in need of assistance, they are accorded with the highest attainable standard of health care services, accessible housing, standard sanitation as well as social security.

They can also be accorded financial assistance from the National Heroes Assistance Fund if their economic circumstances warrant such assistance.

Their dependants also benefit from the recognition by getting free education and employment opportunities, offered only to those with relevant qualifications.

Cultural festivals, concerts as well as events can also be organised in their honour and towns, institutions, open parks, and streets named after them.

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