President Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga are scheduled to receive a top award in the United Kingdom in recognition of their famous March 9th handshake.
The two will be feted at this year’s London Political Summit over the unity pact that lowered political temperatures in the country following last year's acrimonious presidential contest.
Kenyatta and Odinga will receive the “Black History Month”, African Peace Award 2018 during the two-day event to be held on October 18th and 19th at the British House of Parliament, Westminster House in London.
The summit says Kenyatta and Odinga will be honored 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 United States history.
In a letter of invitation sent to Odinga, the Summit Director, Godson Azu says: “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."
“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 summit is attended by political leaders and senior government officials, non-State actors, political commentators and analysts, civil Societies and NGOs from across the globe.