Veteran Presenter Mambo Mbotela Awarded Ksh 1M

Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs and Sports, Ababu Namwamba, paid a visit to Leonard Mambo Mbotela, a revered broadcaster, at his Nairobi residence to inquire about his well-being.

In a ministry announcement, it was disclosed that CS Namwamba honored Mbotela with the Hongera Award and presented him with a cash prize of Ksh.1 million as a token of appreciation for his substantial contributions to the nation.

“Legends are forever. What a special blessing to visit with and drink from the fountain of wisdom of this incredible national hero of all time, the ever-green, irrepressible colossus Leonard Mambo Mbotela, he of the peerless “Je, huu ni ungwana” fame,” said. Ababu Said.

“We have walked down memory lane to the dizzying times when football radio broadcasts were magical, when Kenyans thronged stadia to cheer their favorite teams, turning every match into a stirring carnival atmosphere. Am even more determined to take Kenyan football and the rest of our sports to heights never witnessed before. Twende stadi naniii.”

Synonymous with the phrase ‘Je, huu ni ungwana’, Mbotela, 83 years old now, is one of the most respected names in local media and despite age catching up with him, he still has the charisma that made multitudes tune in to his radio shows.

During the meeting, the CS and the iconic broadcaster, renowned for his ‘Je Huu Ni Uungwana’ program, reminisced about the golden days of radio broadcasting, particularly in the realm of sports commentary.

CS Ababu conveyed his gratitude to the broadcaster for his pivotal role in the domain of radio broadcasting in the country, emphasizing that Mbotela’s name is indelibly etched in the annals of our nation’s history, as stated in the ministry’s release.

The Minister also commended the esteemed broadcaster for his efforts in nurturing and mentoring numerous journalists currently active in the country.

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