Published On: Wed, Aug 30th, 2017

Kenya’s Ambassador to the UK receives London freedom of the city

Ambassador Lazarus Amayo, Kenya High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on Wednesday, 30th August 2017 received the Freedom of the City of London, becoming an honorary citizen of the city.

The City from time to time invites individuals who have made a significant impact in their field to take up the Freedom to acknowledge their particular contribution. This category includes diplomats, clergy, actors, musicians and sportsmen among others. The presentation ceremony usually takes place in the Great Hall of the Guildhall before the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, Common Councilmen and invited guests. Ambassador Amayo’s who also chairs the Africa Union Ambassador Economic group was honored for his contribution to Diplomacy.

Ambassador Amayo is the first Kenyan and second African diplomat to receive the honor, whose past recipients include; South Africa’s anti-apartheid icons Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Late Princess Diana, Winston Churchill, Princess Diana, The Queen, Author J.K Rowling among others.

The Freedom of the City of London which dates back to the 13th Century was, in the earliest times, an essential requirement for all who wished to carry on business and prosper in trade with in the Square Mile. As a result, the privileges attaching to the Freedom were eagerly sought, while the duties and obligations of freemen were faithfully observed but has modernised and recognises outstanding men and women of the society.

“Freedom of the city is the highest honour that the city of London can bestow. It is symbolic of the esteem that the city holds that person,” says a spokesman for City of London.

The ceremony conferring Ambassador Amayo took place in London at the Guildhall court and was sworn the Remembrancer Paul Double.

High Commissioners and Ambassadors from Malawi, Equatorial Guinea, South Sudan, Rwanda, Liberia, Ivory Coast among others witnessed the ceremony.Present too were members of the UK Private sector group East Africa Association, GBS Africa.

 

 

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