Mama Ngina Kenyatta receives 2019 Macky Sall prize for dialogue in Africa
Former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta on Sunday received her 2019 Macky Sall Prize for Dialogue in Africa from Defence CS Monica Juma.
The prize was awarded on December 11 last year at the Museum of Black Civilization in Dakar, Senegal by President Macky Sall and received by Dr Juma on behalf of the Former First Lady who couldn’t travel because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The annual prize is awarded to African personalities who use dialogue to avert conflict on the continent and is named after the Senegalese President Macky Sall who is a celebrated African mediator.
The Former First Lady was awarded for continuously and quietly using dialogue to diffuse tension in the country and the region over the years especially for her leading role in ending the political tension that followed Kenya’s 2017 General Election.
Speaking when she received the award from Dr Juma at her Nairobi home, the Former First Lady thanked CIRID for the recognition saying it was an honour for Kenya’s frontline role in the search for lasting peace and stability in Eastern Africa.
“I didn’t know that there are people who know where we’ve come from as a country and how they settled on me as the recipient of the award. I am grateful,” the Former First Lady said, and thanked Dr Juma for collecting the award on her behalf.
At the prize handover ceremony attended by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Dr Juma was accompanied by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau.