On behalf of the Central Organisation of Trade Unions, Kenya (COTU, K)'s Executive Board and the entire Kenyan workers, I take this opportunity to sincerely thank you Your Excellency for once again recognizing me with the State Commendation award of the Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS).
Your Excellency, this is the second time you are bestowing upon me this distinguished award as in 2007, you equally recognized me with the State Commendation of the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) and to date you have since recognized a total of seven trade unionists from COTU (K) with various awards ranging from the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) to now the latest Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS).
These being State Commendations awarded in recognition of once outstanding or distinguished service rendered to the nation in various capacities and responsibilities, I am humbled by this award and by the confidence you have continued to express in me and the Kenyan workers as well as the tremendous support that the workers of this country have enjoyed throughout your tenure as President.
Once more I thank you and assure you of both the Kenyan workers and my own absolute support as you continue to steer this country to even greater heights.
Francis Atwoli, EBS, MBS