KBC veteran journalist Lenard Mambo Mbotela has been sworn in as a member of the Kenya National Heroes Council.
A month after he was appointed to join the council, the veteran broadcaster was officially sworn in on Monday, September 26, in the presence of Chief Justice Martha Koome.
The identification and selection of national heroes who will be honored by the country is under the purview of the council.
“Witnessed the swearing-in of Leonard Mambo Mbotela as a member of the National Heroes Council following his appointment last month.
“The mandate of the National Heroes Council which includes the identification, selection and honouring of national heroes is an important one as our national story is largely the narrative of the contribution by our heroes to nation building,” announced Koome.
“We can build a new culture and practice of identifying, celebrating and supporting our unsung heroes and heroines when they’re still with us. That is the only modest way through which we can show appreciation for their heroic acts,” she added.
According to Kenyan Law, the council shall consist of not more than 13 members.
Outgoing Sports and Culture CS Amina Mohammed appointed Mbotela to the position on August 5. It is anticipated that he would hold the office for a period of three years.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 4 (3) of the Kenya Heroes Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage appoints Leonard Mambo Mbotela as a member of the National Heroes Council, for a period of three years with effect from the 5th August, 2022”, read the Gazette notice at the time.
Having worked for KBC since its days as the Voice of Kenya, Mbotela found himself in financial difficulty in December 2020 when former President Uhuru Kenyatta surreptitiously paid off his Ksh1 million hospital bill.
The veteran revealed in March 2021 that he was told by physicians at Nairobi South Hospital that he had been released and that someone had paid his Ksh1 million hospital bill in cash.
Mbotela did not find out that the Head of State had paid off his bill until much later, when he was watching the news on television.
The 82-year-old retired in the late 1990s but has since made a comeback on both the radio and television broadcasts on KBC.