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African Leadership Prize to Chissano

This is from BBC News: Africa and you can read the entire article by clicking on the blue type BBC News.

Former Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano has won the first Mo Ibrahim prize rewarding a retired African head of state for excellence in leadership.
Mr Chissano, who is credited with bringing peace to Mozambique, had been seen as a frontrunner for the prize.

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The prize, announced by former UN head Kofi Annan, is worth $5m (£2.5m) over 10 years, and then $200,000 a year.

Mobile phone millionaire Mo Ibrahim is funding the project in the hope it will help improve governments’ performance.

The Sudanese businessman also hopes it will increase Africa’s self-sufficiency and bring a day when the continent’s people no longer need to live on aid.

His decision not to seek a third presidential term reinforced Mozambique’s democratic maturity
Kofi Annan on Joaquim Chissano

Mr Annan chaired the panel that awarded the prize, billed as the largest of its kind.

Mr Annan praised Mr Chissano for “his most outstanding contribution” to peace and democracy.

“This remarkable reconciliation between opponents provides a shining example to the rest of the world and is testament to both his strength of character and his leadership,” Mr Annan said.

Wider role
After winning independence from Portugal in 1975 Mozambique suffered a civil war that lasted until 1992. Mr Chissano was president from 1986 to 2005. He also served as chairman of the African Union in 2003 and 2004, and has worked as a UN envoy.

Mr Annan praised Mr Chissano’s role at home and more widely in Africa.

“His decision not to seek a third presidential term reinforced Mozambique’s democratic maturity and demonstrated that institutions and the democratic process were more important than personalities,” he said.

“He was a powerful voice for Africa on the international stage and played an important role in pushing debt relief up the agenda.”

Mr Chissano is something as a rarity in Africa as a leader who has left office with his reputation intact, says BBC southern Africa correspondent Peter Biles.

My comment: I love a prize that says “I caught you doing something good.” Mr. Chissano had no idea, when he was leading Mozambique, or when he chose to step down from power, that he would be competing for this prize. He led as he led, and he stepped down from power (imagine!) because he thought it was the best thing for his nation.

Some people has scoffed, called it a patronizing award. As if every country in the world doesn’t have its corruption! Africa needs shining examples of selfless leaders who can put the interests of the country in front of their own. Africa needs leaders who can unite diverse populations, drawn into nations by colonial powers, not along lines of ethnicity or religious differences.

I love it when a person does something good, without seeking reward, and then is spot lighted for the good work they have done.

October 23, 2007 - Posted by | Africa, Bureaucracy, Community, Political Issues

5 Comments »

  1. We should do good things not aiming for the reward but on how much will other people be befitted by our deeds.

    By the way, never heard of Mr.Joaquim Chissano before you mentioned it 🙂

    Comment by Joel Robinson | October 23, 2007 | Reply

  2. That’s the best,we should do good things not aiming for the reward but on how much will other people be befitted by our deeds.

    By the way, never heard of Mr.Joaquim Chissano before you mentioned it 🙂

    Comment by Joel Robinson | October 23, 2007 | Reply

  3. Excuses for multiple-same meaning comments :\

    Comment by Joel Robinson | October 23, 2007 | Reply

  4. My husband came to bed last night saying “hey, did you notice the Chissano article only got three hits and the Qatteri Cat got 13?” I didn’t have the heart to point out that all three comments were from one person – you, Joel!

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 24, 2007 | Reply

  5. 😀 😀 😀 Blogging is awesome(espically for the numbers!)

    Comment by Joel Robinson | October 24, 2007 | Reply


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