COTU (K) Mourns Chairman General Rajab Mwondi
With profound sorrow and heavy hearts, we extend our deepest condolences to the family of our late Chairman and the entire Central Organization of Trade Unions in Kenya COTU-(K) fraternity. The passing of Rajab Mwondi, a distinguished and long-serving chairman, on the 17th of August 2023 at Agha Khan Hospital Kisumu has left a void that will reverberate throughout our nation.
Rajab Mwondi’s legacy is a testament to his unwavering commitment to the cause of trade unionism. His dedication and leadership within COTU-K will be forever etched in the memories of those who had the privilege of standing alongside him. His boundless enthusiasm for workers’ rights and unyielding resolve to unify the labor force have indelibly marked Kenya’s labor movement.
Under his visionary guidance, the Kenya Union of Printing, Publishing, Packaging, and Paper Manufacturers flourished, solidifying its place as one of the most robust unions in our nation. Rajab Mwondi’s ceaseless endeavors paved the way for the advancement of countless lives, inspiring generations to come.
From his early forays into the union movement, Rajab Mwondi showcased unparalleled devotion. His tenure as his steadfastness, and transformative contributions distinguished the General Secretary. His name will forever be intertwined with the union’s evolution—from its humble origins as the Printing Decorators and Painters to its evolution into the Typographical Union of Kenya, culminating in its present form as the Kenya Union of Printing, Publishing, Packaging, and Paper Manufacturers.
His illustrious predecessors, including R.V. Patel, Wilson Ec. Mukuna, Clement K. Lubembe, and John Bosco Semali serve as a testament to the influential nature of his leadership. Rajabu Wellington Mwondi, serving as the General Secretary, continued the legacy, carrying the torch of dedication and progress. Through his unswerving dedication, the union soared to unprecedented heights, becoming a bedrock of support for workers within Kenya and beyond our borders.
Our thoughts and prayers extend to Rajab Mwondi’s family, friends, and colleagues in these trying moments. May the Almighty give you the strength to navigate this profound loss and the courage to continue his legacy. His steadfastness, vision, and passion will continue to serve as a wellspring of inspiration as we work to honor his memory.
May Rajab Mwondi’s soul find eternal peace, and may his contributions to the labor movement forever illuminate our path.