A moment of honor and indeed pride in New York, USA as Kenyans 10th Vice President and Wiper Democratic Movement leader Hon Kalonzo Musyoka is feted as the African Dignitary Man Of The Year 2016 by a humanitarian Organization, We Care for Humanity.
Kalonzo now joins the list of Eminent Leaders who have been feted with the same honors including 1st President of Zambia Hon. Kenneth Kaunda (Lifetime Achievement on Freedom 2015), the 10th President of Bangladesh Hon. Muhammad Ershad (Lifetime Achievement on Courage 2015) and Hon. Khil Raj Regmi, Former Prime Minister of Nepal (Dignitary Man of the Year, 2015).
Kalonzo was feted for the award in cognizance of his long time humanitarian works of caring for the needy in the society through the Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation (KMF)
We Care for Humanity, the 4th Global Officials of Dignity Awards nominating body, recognizes eminent personalities who have contributed to sustainable solutions to global issues such as Human Rights, World Peace, Green Environment, Education, Health, Eradication of Poverty and Empowerment.
Kalonzo was recognized for his efforts to bring Peace in the Sudan during his tenure as the Kenya’s Foreign minister which gave birth to the Newest Nation state, the South Sudan and his endeavors in providing education to over 2000 needy and vulnerable students in Kenya through the KMF.
Kalonzo has also initiated a multi-million project, The Mama Malia Academy that caters for orphaned children and the most vulnerable from destitute families. The academy now houses over 300 children from allover Kenya.
The Wiper Leader has also been recognized for his efforts in the integration process of Kenyan’s who had been internally displaced by the 2007/08-post election violence by providing food and human necessities.
“On the basis of your unequivocal contribution to humanity, by demonstrating selflessness, caring for the less privileged, and your spirit of unity and integrity, I have the pleasure to announce that the GOD Awards Committee have reached a unanimous decision to recognize Your Excellency as AFRICAN DIGNITARY MAN OF THE YEAR. It is our strong belief that your accomplishments should be shared with and showcased before the global audience at the United Nations”, the letter of nomination says.
Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation (KMF) started as a bursary fund in 1988 that catered for the needs of bright children from poor backgrounds. The bursary fund later grew into a fully-fledged Foundation in 2005.
“The Foundation is geared towards ensuring that as many Kenyan’s as possible are uplifted from poverty through education. So far, thousands of students have benefited from the Foundation. The Foundation’s main aim is to promote the ideals that include development through the creation of a just, healthy, peaceful and democratic society” reads the Foundations mission statement.
Among those in attendance at the ceremony included Kenya’s permanent representative at the UN, Ambassador Macharia Kamau and his deputy Koki Muli.