20 October, 2008

Festus Gontebanye Mogae wins The Price

Joachim Chissano won before; now it's another South African leader who has scooped it again:

"The coveted $5-million Mo Ibrahim Prize for African leadership has been conferred on former Botswana President Festus Mogae. He was rewarded on Monday for maintaining stability, prosperous path and leading the fight against AIDS. His efforts won Botswana the name 'the African Shining Jewel.'

Mogae becomes the second recipient of the prestigious annual award. The Mo Ibrahim Award is the biggest individual prize in the world. The inaugural prize went to former Mozambican President Joachim Chisano last year.

The Batwana are reportedly brimming with pride after Mogae is regarded internationally as an exemplary African leader who ensured that the tenet of democracy flourished under his rule, making Botswana a rare political and economic success story on the continent, VOA reported." AfricaNews

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