President Uhuru Kenyatta’s mother Mama Ngina Kenyatta has received the 2019 Macky Sall Prize for Dialogue in Africa from Defence Cabinet Secretary Dr Amb Monica Juma. She was awarded in December 2020 at the Museum of Black Civilization in Dakar, Senegal by President Macky Sall.
The award was received by CS Monica Juma because Mama Ngina couldn’t travel because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The award is usually given to various persons who use dialogue in conflict resolution within African countries. It is given every year.
The Macky Sall Prize is named after Senegalese president Mack Sall since he is a highly sought after mediator in the African continent.
Mama Ngina Kenyatta was awarded because she played a huge part in ending the 2017 post election conflicts through dialogue.
While receiving the award from CS Monica Juma, Mama Ngina Kenyatta expressed gratitude to those who saw her fit to receive the prestigious award.
The prize was awarded on 11th December 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 Mama Ngina Kenyatta 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 Mama Ngina Kenyatta 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 Dr. Joseph Kinyua and Foreign Affairs PS Amb Macharia Kamau.