I take this opportunity to thank all who found time to be with us during the first ever Mr and Miss Albinism East Africa pageantry and talent event that we held on Friday 30th November 2018 till 1st Dec 2018 at Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC).
First, I thank Cabinet Secretaries Ukur Yattani (Labour and Social Protection), Hon Eugene Wamalwa (Devolution) and Cabinet Administrative Secretary Hon Bahari for gracing the occasion.
Also, thank you very much fellow Members of Parliament:
1. Sen Irungu Kang’ata.
2. Sen Naomi Waqo.
3. Sen Agnes Zani.
4. Sen Cherargei Samson.
5. Sen Dr. Gertrude Musuruve.
6. Hon Moses Kuria
7. Hon Esther Passaris
8. Hon Danittah Ghati
9. Hon Gathiru Major Donc
10. Hon Silvanus Osoro
11. Hon Charles Kanyi
As your fellow Legislator and the Chairman of Albinism Society of Kenya, I am very grateful for your time and effort. I take note that most of you managed to come to this event despite having very busy schedules. Thank you.
International guests led by the United Nation Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Disability Prof Maria Soledad and Department for International Development (DFID) Director Sarah Montgomery who represented the United Kingdom’s High Commissioner to Kenya.
The National Assembly Lady Spouses Association (NALSA) members led by spouses of:
1. Hon Mrs Walukhe.
2. Hon Mrs Mumbi Kimani Kuria.
3. Hon Mrs Adero Owuor, Nyakach and many others.
Thanks to Commissioners:
1. Hon Priscillah Nyokabi – National Gender and Equality Commission.
2. Hon Washington Sati – Commission on Administrative Justice.
Many leaders of the corporate, government, disability and civil society sectors including Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Kenya led by Chief Executive Officer Theresa Omondi Adeitan.
Thanks too to delegates from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain and many other countries.
We are grateful to both local and international media including the Standard Group (main media partner), Kameme, Switch, Inooro, KTN Home and KTN News TVs for airing the event live. Radio BBC, Jambo, Capital, Kameme, Maisha, Meru, Inooro and many other radios carried our stories and or hosted us. Newspapers led by The Star, The Standard, and many more did the same.
CNN, BBC, Associated Press, AFP, RFI, Reuters, Deutsche Welle, Aljazeera amongst others.
We remain grateful that you have stood with us in order to advance our theme of the year:
Nikubali, Nijumuishe, Naweza!!!
We feel so honoured and privileged.
Thanks to the over 2,000 of you who came from all walks of life. Your solidarity is amazing and reassuring. The fact that even at 5.00 am you were still with us 12 hrs on, was truly incredible.
To our sponsors and partners, led by the major ones; Agnes Kagure Foundation led by our patron, Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa ( OSIEA), Kenya Film Classifications Board) National Council for Persons With Disabilities, Beauty Point College, and others including Safaricom, KCB Foundation, L’Oreal East Africa, Sister Hair, National Bank of Kenya, NIC Bank, Tropikal Brands, Bonfire Safaris, and Posh & Pretty Events, we say, may GOD give you much more than you can ever e
imagine. Thanks for providing resources and time to stand with us.
On behalf of the members, Board and staff of Albinism Society of KENYA, I want to say a big thank you to you all. Words cannot express our sense of gratitude and appreciation!!!
GOD bless you mightily
Sen Dr Mwaura Isaac CBS MP.
Albinism Society of KENYA