Fruits of handshake: Uhuru, Raila to be feted in British Parliament


Fruits of handshake: Uhuru, Raila to be feted in British Parliament
FILE PHOTO: Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) greets opposition leader Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition after addressing a news conference at the Harambee house office in Nairobi, Kenya March 9, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

In Summary

  • 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 Mr.Odinga will be honoured for portraying "historic, political sportsmanship and adherence to the principle of political tolerance."
  • "Black History Month" is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga are set to be honoured at this year’s London Political Summit for their unity deal that was signified by a much-publicised handshake on March 9, 2018.

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 Mr. Odinga will be feted for portraying “historic, political sportsmanship and adherence to the principle of political tolerance.”

“This year’s summit would be a unique one, as it offers us an opportunity for the first time, to honour two great sons and esteemed leaders of African politics at the summit. These two great men themselves have a long rich history behind them, as their both parents were the founding fathers of Kenyan political and democratic history.

“It is a great privilege to identify with these two great men of honour, Rt Hon Uhuru Kenyatta, and Rt Hon Raila Odinga, for their historic, political sportsmanship and adherence to the principle of political tolerance with the, ‘Peace Accord Handshake’ to end ethnic antagonism and mischievous political competition, public corruption and lack of national ethos, in the history of Kenya politics and democracy,” says the summit.

“Black History Month” is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history.

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 3 Annual London Political Summit would like to honour you with a special award as African Political Leader of the Year 2018 which will be held on October 18 and 19 in UK Houses Of Parliament.”

The theme of this year’s summit will be “How to generate the political will and public will: to influence change in a complex democracy.”

The summit is graced by political leaders and top government officials from around the world, political institutions and Non-State Actors, political commentators and analysts from around the world, civil Societies and NGOs among others.

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