President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been presented Kenya’s highest award with the title ‘Chief of The Order of The Golden Heart of Kenya (CGH), at a colorful ceremony held at State House in Nairobi, Kenya.
According to a dispatch from Nairobi, the Liberian leader was given the topmost Kenyan award at an Investiture Ceremony at the weekend after elaborate celebrations marking the east African country’s 52nd National Independence Anniversary in ardent recognition of her enormous undertakings in both private and public life spanning over national and international careers.
Earlier, in remarks at Kenya’s 52nd Independence Day ceremony, President Sirleaf commended the people of Kenya for their sacrifices and commitment towards democratic governance.
She observed that having followed Kenya closely in its democratic evolution, it was laudable that all Kenyans be recognized for their individual and collective contributions to the process.
The Liberian leader said Kenya has now become a shining example of democratic best practice on the African continent.
She reiterated her gratitude to the Kenyan Government and people for standing by Liberia in the fight against Ebola when Kenyan medical personnel were joined by their counterparts from Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, among others.
President Sirleaf also recognized the efforts of Kenyan Lieutenant-General Daniel Opandi who once served as the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and his contribution to sustaining Liberia’s current peace.