Dar es Salaam. President Jakaya Kikwete has won this year’s African Achievers Award.
According to a statement by the Directorate of Presidential Communications, the awards committee picked him from a list of 1,202 nominees.
The awards-giving ceremony will take place today in Johannesburg.
However, the President will not attend in person because of other national engagements, the statement said.
“The President will be represented by the minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Dr Asha-Rose Migiro,” the statement reads in part.
According to statement, the minister will also use the opportunity to deliver a speech entitled ‘Africa’s Unity: Prospects and Challenges’, on behalf of President Kikwete.
The award, organised by the South Africa-based Institute for Good Governance in Africa, is aimed at recognising excellent individuals and organisations that have distinguished themselves while contributing to the growth and development of Africa. The focus is to motivate all African leaders, including prospective ones, by recognising individuals and organisations that have contributed remarkably to the development of the continent.
The first African Achievers Award was presented to South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu in recognition for his fight for human rights, justice and peace during his 80th birthday in October 2011.