WIOMSA Fellow and KMFRI Researcher Receives State Award
By Melckzedeck K. Osore
Dr James Gitundu Kairo has received the Kenya National Award of Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS). The award conferred by Kenya’s Head of State, President Mwai Kibaki, was announced in December, 2010. The order of the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear award was instituted by the Government of Kenya after independence and is one of the highest civilian service awards granted by the President of Kenya during Jamhuri (Independence) Day celebrations every December.
Informing Dr. Kairo that he is the recipient of this coveted award, the Director of Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research institute (KMFRI), Dr. Johnson Kazungu said, “I would like to congratulate you for this great achievement, which recognizes not only you for the excellent work you have done, but it also honours your institute – KMFRI for performing outstanding and distinguished services related to coastal and marine research in Kenya, the western Indian Ocean region and internationally.”
“This is really in recognition for KMFRI and the research fraternity in mangroves,” said Dr Kairo. “Everything I have done for the coastal communities in Kenya and internationally has been through and on behalf of KMFRI and the researchers and technicians I have known and worked with since I joined the Institute in 1993”.