The Head of State Commendation (HSC) award, according to the National Honours Act, is decorated on a person who exhibits exemplary qualities, or achievements of heroism, patriotism or leadership, one who has made an exemplary contribution to the country in the economic, scientific, academic, sports, journalism, business, security or other fields.
Dennis Itumbi came out to clarify why he received HSC award .In an interview on the Punchline show , aired on K24 , the Secretary of Innovation, Digital and Diaspora Communication in the Office of the President said that he received the award for ‘attempting’ to connect free internet in Nakuru town.
He added that President Uhuru recognized him following his idea to introduce social media communication to all government ministries to enable them to communicate directly with the public.
“This (award) was my boss just saying ‘Dennis, well done. The issues (which led to my consideration for this award) were two. One was the attempt to connect Nakuru to free wifi and the second one was introducing a digital infrastructure for government and that was both human and physical,” he said .
The renowned blogger went on to say that the attempt to install wifi in Nakuru was a temporary initiative that didn’t quite work, adding the success of it all was that no public money was used .
“There was a contract with the County Government of Nakuru (about the wifi) then, for two years, the wifi worked in some places and didn’t work in other places. By the way, it was done without using public money so in essence, it was a good attempt,” he added .
In 2017, there was an uproar over the procedure for granting the HSC award. Other Kenyans who were gifted include Martin Kamotho alias ‘Githeri Man’, journalist Jacque Maribe and bloggers Robert Alai and Pauline Njoroge .