Yesterday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM Leader Raila Odinga were honoured by the British Houses of Parliament with the African Peace Award 2018 for the famous Peace Accord Handshake between the pair in March this year. This ‘Handshake’ the ended political acrimony and intolerance following Kenya’s election in 2017 which had threatened to divide the country.
The award is presented every year during October’s Black History Month in the UK and took place at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel in London.
“This year (London Political) summit would be a unique one, as it offers us an opportunity for the first time, to honour two great sons and esteemed leaders of African politics at the summit. These two great men themselves have a long rich history behind them, as their both parents were the founding fathers of Kenyan political and democratic history,” a press release for the awards said.
“It is a great privilege to identify with these two great men of honour, Rt Hon Uhuru Kenyatta, and Rt Hon Raila Odinga, for their historic, political sportsmanship and adherence to the principle of political tolerance with the, ‘Peace Accord Handshake’ to end ethnic antagonism and mischievous political competition, public corruption and lack of national ethos, in the history of Kenya politics and democracy.”
NASA leader @RailaOdinga to be honoured with Black History Month, African Peace Award 2018 in British Parliament.
London Political Summit will honour him and @UKenyatta for their political sportsmanship, adherence to the principle of political tolerance. pic.twitter.com/JtX40pYMje
— Raila Supporters (@RAOsupporters) October 18, 2018
Away from being awarded, the London Political Summit has created a special award known as “Raila- Uhuru African Peace Accord Award” which will be given annually to any African leader who embraces peace, values democracy and exhibits high level of political maturity and tolerance.
The awardees will go through strict criteria and vetting. Some of the criteria used will be political tolerance, people-oriented leadership, political accountability and political morality among other vital issues in governance.
This week’s summit has been looking at the narrow and broad concepts of a political-will to act, and the public will power to react, in the very context of an individual leader, or collective leadership actions in critical political decision-making in governance.