The over five thousand (5,000) delegates from the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s 184 Member States attending the 101st Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) that started today, 30th May, 2012 this morning unanimously elected Brother Francis Atwoli, COTU (K) Secretary General as the Vice President of the conference.
This is one of the highest positions within the ILO hierarchy and it is a great honour to the entire African continent as well as to Kenya in particular and it was indeed a historical moment for the entire continent as the COTU (K) Secretary General took oath of this coveted position at the start of the conference as the entire delegates from all over the world went into jubilations, songs and dance.
Previously, two Kenyans the late Vice President, Honourable Kijana Wamalwa and former Foreign Affairs Minister, Honourable Robert Ouko were on different occasions elected to the Presidency of the ILC and since then no other Kenyan or even an African has been honoured to such a high position of ILC.
Indeed this being the first time in the history of this country that a workers’ leader has been honoured to be elected to such a coveted position in a conference represented by a delegation of governments, employers and workers, on behalf of the Kenyan working men and women we take this opportunity to congratulate Brother Atwoli for this great achievement and we remain proud of his foresight leadership both locally and internationally. He remains a great leader of our times particularly in this region.
Brother Atwoli is leading a 16-member regional delegation of labour leaders that includes the Executive Secretary of the East African Trade Union Confederation (EATUC), Brother Emmanuel Nzunda among others.
The conference ends on Friday, 15th June, 2012.
George Muchai, MBS
Ag: SECRETARY GENERAL