Video journalist of the Awarded COVID Innovative Boy Left Out in Uhuru’s State Commendation List

NTV's Video Journalist Jesse Chenge in a past photo. PHOTO/COURTESY
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(MEDIA: NTV’s Video Journalist Jesse Chenge in a past photo. PHOTO/COURTESY)

The video journalist who exposed the nine-year-old Bungoma pupil who innovated a hand-washing machine that left millions of people amazed has been left out of President Uhuru’s State Commendation list.

Mr. Jesse Chenge’s photos of the Standard Three pupil at Siboti Ward circulated across the world with the pupil Stephene Wamukota landing the President’s State Commedation Award.

President Uhuru honoured the young Wamukota for innovating a hand-washing dispenser that eased the process of cleaning hands during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Wamukota said that he came up with the idea after watching many people struggle to wash their hands.

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He begun putting together the machine which his father helped him to complete it. He said he only used Sh3,000 to make it.

However, President Uhuru left out the Bungoma-based photographer whose efforts and coverage exposed the minor to the outside world.

The NTV’s photojournalist was highly expected to scoop at least an award but  Uhuru’s decision broke thousands of Mr. Chenge’s fans.

Mr. Chenge is an accredited and practicing photojournalist in Kenya with a twelve years experience at different levels of video and camera crew production and is currently working with NTV-Kenya as a video/ photojournalist.

Besides, Chenge is a holder of a certificate in Communication and Media Studies from Alphax College in Eldoret.

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On top of his camera skills, Chenge has also mastered the art of graphic design, video editing and radio production and this can be inferred from the exemplary work  he has done at his former work places: KTN, Ebru TV, KUTV, MBCI TV among others.

Among other feature stories that Chenge has worked on include the plight of pregnant women during the covid-19 pandemic, the fate of bee population in western Kenya and the environmental impact of the Webuye pan paper, all that have been aired on NTV.

This is not the first time journalists who expose beautiful and wonderful stories are left out in important awards.

In August 2017, a photo of Mr. Martin Kamotho, now christened #Githeriman went viral in Kenya after an unknown photographer captured him eating a mixture of boiled maize and beans from a polythene paper with bare hands.

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The githeriman, as he is widely recognized, was queuing to cast his vote during the 2017 general election.

An amateur photographer took the photo and posted it online where it circulated on several social media platforms.

Mr. Kamotho would then go ahead to

win President Kenyatta’s state Commendation but with his photographer being left out as well.



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