There is one more recognitions to Tanzanian president John Magufuli and it something very positive unlike his nickname The Bulldozer. He has bagged the Mandela Peace Prize even though the Paris-based Mandela Institute itself is very controversial.
Based on 4,955 favored applicants the Mandela Peace Prize jury cited immense contribution of Magufuli to the promotion of peace and social equality in the country led him to grab the award.
The president was honored with the award by Africa’s richest monarch, King Mohammed VI of Morocco, who had won the title last year.
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta lost the peace prize to Magufuli but he was awarded with the democracy prize for demonstrating a true spirit of democracy in his country by accepting the order of Supreme Court to annul his August 8 victory citing irregularities and illegalities in the elections. This was something true democracy.
However, the acceptance of judgement was not readily acceptable unofficially as hours later he called the judges crooks in a rally and vowed to fix them. People and supporters across the country condemned the judges. This resulted with a law to be passed in the parliament to provide less weight to judges on election procedures when handling petitions.
President of Chad Idriss Itno earned Mandela Security Prize and Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza grabbed Mandela Courage Prize.
Nkurunziza lately is putting his efforts in removing the presidential limit in Burundi.
Mandela Prizes are annual events and honors personalities as well as institutions for laudable actions in favour of Africa and Peace.