It is with great sorrow that the Central Organisation of Trade unions, COTU (K) Secretary General announces the sudden death of COTU (K)’s top governing council member and General Secretary of one of the COTU (K)’s longest affiliate Trade Union organisation, Bro. Gilbert Amolo after short illness and admission at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
Until his death Bro. Amolo was the General Secretary of Kenya Petroleum Oil Workers Union (KPOWU) and a strong, ardent and committed Trade Unionist who has risen through the ranks from a shopsteward to becoming the General Secretary of the Petroleum Workers Union, a position he has held close to five years now.
COTU (K) on behalf of the entire Kenyan workforce has received these news with shock and disbelief since just a few days ago the late Brother Amolo, in his jovial mood joined his colleagues in a meeting at COTU (K) Headquarters to deliberate on among other things the socio-economic and political situation in the country viz-a –viz its impact on the workers particularly on the reported job loses across various sectors in the country.
The late Bro. Amolo was a true Trade Unionist, a leader that you could nodoubt be entrusted in articulating and championing for the cause of workers without hesitation and his death is no doubt a huge lose not only to the workers within the petroleumand oil industry but across the country and beyond since his contribution at COTU (K) will be greatly missed particularly the ease with which he interacted with his colleagues.
As burial arrangements procced, on behalf of the Kenyan workers under the umbrella of COTU (K) as well as the entire workforce on the Africa Continent under Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU), we send our deepest condolence to his immediate family members particularly to his widow and the young family that he has left behind and pray that God will give them the energy to endure this irreparable lose.
May God rest his soul in EternalPeace.
SECRETARY GENERAL – COTU (K)
PRESIDENT – OATUU