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African leadership prize withheld

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  1. BAK

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    BBC News Online


    Mo Ibrahim: "There may be years where no winner is chosen, and this is such a year"

    A prize of $5m (£3m) for African ex-leaders who have shown good governance is not being awarded this year, Sudanese magnate Mo Ibrahim has said.

    He gave no reason for the decision and said he had always intended that there would be years when no prize was given.

    Now in its third year, the prize is given to a democratically elected leader from sub-Saharan Africa who has served their term and then left office.
    South Africa's Thabo Mbeki and Ghana's John Kufuor had been the favourites.
    The winners receive $5m over 10 years, and then $200,000 a year for life after that - the most valuable individual annual award in the world.

    'No disrespect'

    Mr Ibrahim said people could draw their own conclusions about why no prize was awarded this year.

    But he said there was "no issue of disrespect" meant towards eligible candidates.
    "The prize committee welcomed the progress made on governance in some African countries while noting with concern recent setbacks in other countries," said a statement from the panel which made the decision.

    [​IMG]MO IBRAHIM
    Sudan-born mobile phone entrepreneur
    Moved to UK in 1974 to study
    By 1983, director of BT Cellnet
    Founded Mobile Systems International, which he sold to Marconi in 2000
    Then set up Celtel, used by 25m Africans
    2007: Started African leadership prize
    2008: Named UK's most influential black person


    Mo Ibrahim's mobile revolution

    "This year the prize committee has considered some credible candidates. However, after in-depth review, the prize committee could not select a winner."
    Former president of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, one of the panel-members, said that if there had been a similar award for former European leaders this year, it might have been equally difficult to select a worthy winner.

    BBC Africa analyst Martin Plaut says Mr Ibrahim established the prize because well-run African democracies are not thick on the ground.

    Mr Ibrahim argues that the prize is needed because many African leaders come from poor backgrounds and are tempted to hang on to power for fear that poverty is what awaits them when they give up the levers of power.

    But our analyst says recent evidence of the prize's effectiveness across Africa is not encouraging.

    Uganda, Chad and Cameroon have all changed their constitutions so their leaders can retain their positions.

    HAVE YOUR SAY
    Incentives must be given to leaders of volatile, corrupt and under developed nations if they perform admirably. Punishment must also be meted out if they mess up
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    There have been coups in Guinea, Mauritania and Madagascar, as well as several elections that fell well short of international standards.

    And the countries that have received most praise from Mo Ibrahim's foundation this year - Mauritius, Cape Verde and Seychelles - are far from the continent's centres of power.

    Botswana's former President Festus Mogae won the prize last year, after two terms at the helm of one of Africa's least corrupt and most prosperous nations.
    The inaugural prize was given to Joaquim Chissano, Mozambique's former president, who has since acted as a mediator in several African disputes.

    What does it say about the continent's quality of leadership if Mo Ibrahim is not handing out his prize for good governance this year?

    Thanks for your comments. Please read a selection below:


    Simon Allison, Durban, South Africa
    Oluseyi A. Osifalujo, Lagos, Nigeria
    S. J. Dique, Chimoio, Mozambique
    Román, Kampala
    Edward Ceesay, Kafuta, The Gambia
    Brandon, Berlin
    Isaac Ampofo, Sogakope Ghana
    radcliffe spencer, silver spring maryland usa
    Alex FRee, Arua, Uganda
    O Sede , Birmingham
    Mules James, Juba, Sudan
    rwakachocho wilberforce, kampala, uganda
    kiprotich, Nairobi
    Andrea, Ottawa, Canada
    Yousif a hamid, Alajo Accra Ghana
    Symeon Onipede, London
    Sir Ras, Kumasi, Ghana
    FAISAL IBRAHIM, GHANA
    Ateks Ebbe, Accra, Ghana
    george boachie, kumasi, ghana
    samuel mantey, ghana
    SETH ACHEAMPONG, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Ismael Reed, Johannesburg
    Victor Mills Asimenu, Accra-Ghana
    Francis okeke, Gambia
    angela kariuki, nairobi kenya
    mopati h toteng, Adelaide, Australia

    Jean-Paul Benda, London, UK

    Peter B. Gwala, Windhoek & Namibia

    Yaw Owusu-Brefo, Accra, Ghana
    J. Logo-Azagu, Tema, Ghana
     
  2. Next Level

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    I initially thought was automatic, kwamba kila mwaka lazima mtu ale bingo, kumbe sio sawa kabisa and the way I see many leaders tunaweza kaa hata miaka mitano hatujapata winner...mingi ni mila rushwa mibaya!
     
  3. Mambo Jambo

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    BWM anafeel-aje?..
     
  4. Waberoya

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    Jamani hii prize inawadhalilisha waafrika! wake up please!
     
  5. L

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    It was announced today that no former African President qualified to win the Award this year. It is good to see that the donors of this award are sensible enough to decide that there was no winner this year owing to serious ethical issues, including corruption and ignorance on issues related to HIV and aids. Among the frontruners was President Mbeki and J. Kufuor of SA and Ghana respectively. The award will be taken more seriously.

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    No Winner for Mo Ibrahim Prize, Says Foundation

    The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has announced its decision not award the Ibrahim Prize to any winner this year. The Foundation, in a statement, said its Prize Committee had considered some credible candidates, but after an in-depth review, could not select a winner.

    However, the board of the Foundation said the planned events in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 14 and 15 November 2009 would go ahead.

    According to the statement, "The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is committed to supporting great African leadership that will improve the economic and social prospects of the people of Africa. The Foundation's focus is the promotion of good governance in Africa and the recognition of excellence in African leadership.

    "The Prize Committee welcomed the progress made on governance in some African countries while noting with concern recent setbacks in other countries. This year the Prize Committee has considered some credible candidates. However, after in-depth review, the Prize Committee could not select a winner."

    The committee is chaired by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Other members are former President of Finland and Nobel Laureate, Martti Ahtisaari; former Minister of Education in Guinea and Director of Basic Education at UNESCO, Aïcha Bah Diallo; Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Nobel Laureate, Mohamed el-Baradei; Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, and former Minister of Education and Culture in Mozambique, Graça Machel; former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (and Board member of the Foundation), Mary Robinson; former Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity and former Prime Minister of Tanzania (and Board member of the Foundation), Salim Ahmed Salim.

    Founder of the Foundation, Mo Ibrahim, said: "The Prize Committee is independent of the Board. It is the Prize Committee's decision not to award a prize this year and we entirely respect it. We made clear at the launch of the Foundation that there may be years when there is no winner.

    "This Foundation was established to stimulate debate around, and improve the quality of African governance. Although there is much focus on the prize, the Foundation is engaged in many other activities to help improve governance. Central to these is the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which the Foundation published earlier this month, which gives powerful information to all citizens about the performance of their countries."

    The board said the Dar es Salaam, Tanzania events would include a discussion forum that would bring together stakeholders to discuss issues that are key to Africa's future progress.

    Mo Ibrahim said of the forum: "At a time when we are seeing overall progress in Africa, despite worrying setbacks in some countries, it is vital that African stakeholders and institutions come together to look for a way forward on the major challenges facing the African continent. I look forward to the discussions around this urgent African agenda."

    The forum will include the following sessions: Climate change and climate justice chaired by Festus Mogae, who is one of UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon's four special envoys on climate change.

    The previous winners of the Ibrahim Prize are former President of Botswana, Mogae; his Mozambican and South African counterparts, Joaquim Chissano; and Nelson Mandela, who was made an Honorary Laureate in recognition of his extraordinary leadership qualities and achievements.
     
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    Ni vizuri kuwa hakupatikana mshindi maana viongozi wengi wa Africa wana matatizo yafuatayo:
    -Hawaingii madarakani kwa njia za haki kabisa, hata kama kuna uchaguzi bado unakuwa wa mizengwe.
    -Uongozi wao unakuwa wa kulindana, na hivyo kulinda maovu ya wenzao na wao wenyewe
    Hupenda kung'ang'ania madarakani: hii ina sura nyingi hata kama panafanyika uchaguzi, wanahakikisha anayeingia madarakani ni kibaraka wao atakayeendelea kuwalinda - angalia mfano wa Mkapa na JK

    Nimewapenda sana hawa wanaochagua washindi - kama hakuna anayefaa waseme hivyo - Big up!
     
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    Wampe yeyote yule kasoro mkapa.
     
  8. Edson

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    hii ni nzuri sana, wengi walidhni hii tuzo inatolewa tu,
    viongozi wengi waliopita wameonyesha mapungufu japo kuna mazuri wamefanya
     
  9. Liz Senior

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    Jamani....kwani yeye hamuoni JK?! Kwi kwi kwi! Mbona wenzie wanamsifu sana...Kwi kwi kwi kwi!
     
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    Ingawa hii award ni kwa marais waliopita, naamini hata JK hawezi kupewa kwa sababu mambo yake mengi yamefanikiwa kwa maneno na mbwembwe nyingi za kisanii badala ya vitendo. Viongozi wa Afrika wanatakiwa kuuchukulia uamuzi huu kama ujumbe mzito kwamba wajitahidi kuwahudumia wananchi wao badala ya kuendeleza blah blah nyingi zisizokuwa na tija!
     
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    Hizi tuzo sio za wasanii bana ahhaahahhaahahahahah
     
  12. ZionTZ

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    Try to be serious bana...is yeyote = JK?
     
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    hawa viongozi wetu walivyozoea mabilioni pengine wanaona hizo awards ni vijiisenti tu, wapate wasipate kwao sawa...
     
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    Hapana mkuu,

    Kitendo cha kuambiwa kuwa kwa mzima wa 2008 Afrika haikuwa na rais aliyetimiza vigezo vya kuwa kiongozi bora siyo cha kufanyia mzaha. Kwa hiyo wale wote wanaosifiwa sifiwa na kukenua meno sasa wanaweza kujiona wana-rank wapi!
     
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    kuwa makini hii tuzo ni kwa raisi mstaafu JK si bado yupo madarakani?
     
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    Executive Director of Institute for Democratic Governance, Dr. Emmanuel Akwete has waded into the surprise retention of the $5 million award for African leaders, saying the three shortlisted ex-African leaders are not deserving of the award.

    Ghana's ex-president John Agyakum Kufuor was among three ex-African leaders including, South Africa's Thabo Mbeki, and Nigeria's Olusegun Obasanjo shortlisted for the best African leader award, under the tutelage of Mo Ibrahim, a Sudanese magnate.

    But the award committee in a surprise twist of the tale failed to produce a winner for the year under review.

    Even though no specific reason has been given for the retention, except to say the award committee meant no disrespect to the eligible candidates, questions have been raised as to whether the shortlisted candidates met the criteria.

    Mo Ibrahim in an interview with BBC said the candidates will still be eligible in the next two years.

    But here in Ghana, governance expert, Emmanuel Akwete told Joy News, he was curious to find out who would have won, even though none of them was deserving anyway.

    And with no winner announced his convictions have been confirmed.

    He said Thabo Mbeki came close to satisfying the needed criteria, but is answerable to issues of conflict in his country.

    "Given how Obasanjo messed up the Nigerian elections," he should not have been considered he said.

    For Kufuor, Emmanuel Akwete said there has to be a review of the democratic governance in Ghana since he only built on a foundation of Ghana's democracy.

    When Joy News' Dzifa Bampoe alluded to the ex-president's intervention in the just ended election 2008, the governance expert said that alone does not warrant an award.

    But an international relations expert, Vladmir Antwi Danso has expressed surprise at the failure to announce a clear winner, saying Kufuor like any of the shortlisted candidates are deserving of the award.

    Describing them as "models to emulate" he said each of the ex-presidents contributed in no small way to entrench democracy in Africa.

    He said Ghana, but for the intervention of Kufuor, nearly marred her democratic credentials.

    Meanwhile, Spokesperson to the ex-president, Frank Agyakum said Kufuor is indeed honoured to have been shortlisted but has no regrets at all over the turn of events.

    The award was instituted three years ago and had Festus Mogae, the former President of Botswana, and Joaquim Chissano, the former President of Mozambique winning the first two editions.

    Play the attached audio for voices of Mo Ibrahim, Akwete, Antwi-Danso and Agyakum

    Story by Nathan Gadugah/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana
     
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    News Release

    For immediate release, Monday 19 October 2009

    Mo Ibrahim Foundation announces decision not to award Ibrahim Prize this year.

    Foundation to hold governance forum in Dar Es Salaam where African stakeholders will gather to discuss key issues and opportunities for progress

    In announcing the decision of the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership Prize Committee, the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation released the following statement from the Prize Committee:

    "The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is committed to supporting great African leadership that will improve the economic and social prospects of the people of Africa. The Foundation's focus is the promotion of good governance in Africa and the recognition of excellence in African leadership.

    The Prize Committee welcomed the progress made on governance in some African countries while noting with concern recent setbacks in other countries.

    This year the Prize Committee has considered some credible candidates. However, after in-depth review, the Prize Committee could not select a winner."

    Mo Ibrahim, the founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said:

    "The Prize Committee is independent of the Board. It is the Prize Committee's decision not to award a

    Prize this year and we entirely respect it. We made clear at the launch of the Foundation that there may be years when there is no winner.

    This Foundation was established to stimulate debate around, and improve the quality of, African governance. Although there is much focus on the prize, the Foundation is engaged in many other activities to help improve governance. Central to these is the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which the Foundation published earlier this month, which gives powerful information to all citizens about the performance of their countries."

    The Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation also confirmed that despite the fact that there is no laureate this year, the planned events in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 14 and 15 November 2009 will go ahead.

    These events will include a discussion forum that will bring together stakeholders to discuss issues that are key to Africa's future progress including climate justice, agriculture and food security and regional economic integration.

    The aim of the forum is to articulate shared aspirations and a common vision for the future around these issues.

    Source: Mo Ibrahim Foundation website
     
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    TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE IBRAHIM PRIZE

    The terms of reference for the prize committee of the Mo Ibrahim prize for achievement in African leadership

    The Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation shall appoint a Prize Committee of eminent persons of the highest integrity and competence.

    There will be strong African representation, with a balance of race and gender and without conflicting business interests. The Prize Committee will include two members drawn from the Board of the Foundation.

    Prize Committee members will serve staggered terms up to three years' duration. Although members are eligible for reappointment, there is an expectation of regular change in the Prize Committee. Individuals may be appointed to fill out shorter terms in order to maintain staggered terms.

    Members of the Prize Committee will ascribe to the values of the Prize and assure their independence, integrity, and lack of conflict of interests.

    Members may step down from the Prize Committee at any time, for any reason, on notice to the Prize Committee Chairman or the Board of the Foundation.

    The Prize Committee will be supported by the Foundation Secretariat.

    The Prize Committee will convene twice a year: Once to organize their activities and once to make final selection of the year's Laureate.

    All Prize Committee members should be present in person to the fullest extent possible. Prize Committee members will also have a central role at the formal conveying of the Mo Ibrahim Prize.

    In the first meeting, the Prize Committee will review the list of eligible candidates for the Mo Ibrahim Prize.

    Eligible candidates are former executive heads of state or government in any sub-Saharan African state who have taken office through democratic elections and who have left office in the previous three years, having served the constitutional term as stipulated when taking office.

    The Prize Committee will review the current preparations of the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance.

    The Prize Committee will task the Secretariat with needed research for its deliberations, focused principally on eligible candidates and the Ibrahim Index, but possibly including other background materials.

    Prior to the second meeting of the Prize Committee, the Secretariat will, with guidance from the Prize Committee Chairman, prepare research materials as requested. Where appropriate this may be provided in confidence to Prize Committee members in the interim.

    At the second meeting, the Prize Committee will deliberate and nominate the Mo Ibrahim Prize Laureate.

    The meeting will take place in confidence, and continue until a Laureate is selected, or the Prize Committee determines that no winner should be announced this year. Decisions will be recorded.

    In attendance only will be Members of the Prize Committee and the Foundation's Executive Director.

    Normally the meeting will be broken up into sections -

    first considering the results of the Ibrahim Index and its implications reviewing eligible candidates (including any background materials prepared and the performance of their countries during their terms in office according to the Index and more widely) preparing a short list of candidates considering the merits of the short-listed candidates selecting the Laureate (or determining that no one merits such designation this year)

    outlining reasons to be made public for the choice - focussing only on the Laureate and not on candidates passed over adjourning to allow preparation of a formal statement for public release reconvening to adopt the statement and prepare any communications to the Board

    The Board of the Foundation will make itself available so that it may receive and accept formally the recommendation of the Prize Committee.

    The Secretariat will be prepared to liaise with the Laureate and/or their staff in advance of public release of the selection.

    It is expected that the Prize Committee will announce its selection shortly thereafter, with the presence of the Chairman and/or those Members of the Prize Committee able to attend a press briefing.

    The Secretariat together with the Board and Prize Committee will prepare a draft citation to be presented to the Laureate at the formal Prize Ceremony.

    The Prize aims to encourage leaders who fully dedicate their constitutional tenure of office to surmount the development challenges of their countries, improving the welfare of their people and consolidating the foundation for sustainable development.

    It is hoped that the Prize also will heighten discussion across societies about the criteria by which all governments' records should best be assessed.

    In selecting of the Mo Ibrahim Laureate, the Prize Committee will review the following criteria -

    The prize will be awarded for the performance of their country during their time in office, relative to all Sub-Saharan African countries.

    National progress must be reflected in the following areas of governance:

    Sustainable economic development

    Human development: health and education

    Transparency, including the fight against corruption, and empowerment of civil society
    Democracy and human rights

    Rule of law and security.

    Assessment of performance must be objective, taking into account the Ibrahim Index and other reputable analysis.

    The rationale for selection of the Laureate should be clearly communicated to the public.

    The deliberations and supporting materials of the Prize Committee are totally confidential. No Member of the Prize Committee will reveal the thrust or details of deliberations, or the fate of unsuccessful candidates, at any time. It is anticipated that the archives of the Foundation will include Secretariat materials such as background papers and data under a 25 year seal.

    Under no circumstances will the Prize Committee, Secretariat, or Foundation Board meet with eligible candidates to discuss their actual or potential candidature. Individuals may in the course of their other normal duties encounter candidates, and such personal knowledge may be helpful in Prize Committee deliberations, but without any discussion of the Ibrahim Prize or associated deliberations.

    The Foundation is dedicated to transparency in governance and accordingly, the names of the Prize Committee, the Prize selection process, the Ibrahim Index, and the public rationale for selection of the Laureate will all be widely available.


    Source: Mo Ibrahim website
     
  19. Congo

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    Sio kweli hata kidogo. Simjui baba yako, lakini rejea mapungufu ya baba yako. Je, wewe uko tayari kubebeshwa mapungufu hayo kama huna?
     
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    JK is NOT a former president. Possibly atashinda zawadi hii akitoka kwenye urais! :)
     
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