President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga are set to be honoured at this year’s London Political Summit.
The two-day event scheduled to be held on October 18 and 19 at the British House of Parliament, Westminster House in London, will see Kenyatta and Odinga receive the “Black History Month”, African Peace Award 2018.
According to a statement from the summit, President Kenyatta and Rt. Hon Raila Odinga will be honored for their political sportsmanship and adherence to the principle of political tolerance. This follows their Peace Accord Handshake on March 9, 2018 which ended political acrimony and intolerance after Kenya’s election in 2017 which had threatened to divide the country and increase of violence.
These two great men themselves have a long rich history behind them, as both their parents were the founding fathers of Kenyan political and democratic history. It is a great privilege to identify with their latest leadership style which infers immense political maturity.
In a letter inviting Mr. Odinga to grace the event, the Summit Director, Godson Azu describes the former prime minister as “an esteemed political leader who has played a huge role in shaping political thoughts and ideas in modern political history in Africa and around the world.”
“We celebrate you as a key outstanding personality who has embedded peace and cooperation, safe and progressive governance, in one of Africa’s developing democracy, and among nations around the world,” reads the statement.
The summit will be looking at the narrow and broad concepts of political-will to act, and the public-will’s power to react, in the very context of an individual leader, or collective leadership actions in critical political decision-making in governance.
Away from being awarded, 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.
Others nominated for London Political Summit are; Her Excellency Ambassador Dr Josephine Ojiambo, Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Rt. Hon. Dr Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga MP, Speaker of Uganda parliament, Prof. John Raftery Vice Chancellor, London Metropolitan University, Rt Hon. Diane Abbott MP UK Parliament and Her Excellency Ambassador Mrs Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, Served two terms, from 2008 to 2014, as Deputy Secretary-General for the Commonwealth.
Godson Azu Director of London Political Summit observes that, “The paradigm shift in political thoughts and actions around the world in most recent years, has to resonate with the idea that nations should govern themselves, free from external interferences, that defies super-globalization and its current burning issues such as; climate change, disarmament, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, terrorism, national security, and sovereignty, which requires the attention of both domestic and national politics.”
The 3rd Annual London Political Summit will be graced by not only political leaders and top government officials from around the world, but by analysists, civil society, NGO’s, political institutions and Non-State Actors among others.