Former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta on Sunday received the Macky SALL Peace Award for her role in mediating peace through dialogue.
Mama Ngina was not able to personally receive the award in a ceremony that took place at the iconic museum of Black Civilisation in Dakar on December 20, 2020.
Mama Ngina could not travel because of the Covid-19 outbreak, with Defence Cabinet Minister Monica Juma receiving the peace award on her behalf.
The annual prize is awarded to African personalities who use dialogue to avert conflict on the continent and is named after Senegalese President Macky Sall who is known for his mediation actions within the African continent.
The award also includes prize money of 50,000 Euros (KSh6,750,000).
The Former First Lady 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.
Mama Ngina 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 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.
Mama Ngina Kenyatta is the former First Lady of Kenya. She is the widow of the country’s first President, Jomo Kenyatta (1889–1978), and also the mother of the current President Uhuru Kenyatta.