In the Photo Prime Minister Pan African Rt Hon Raila Odinga and Retired Presided H.E Mwai Kibaki. The Kibaki legacy will forever remain tainted mostly for rigging the 2007 presidential election.
Retired Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has been declared the winner of the 2014 Mo Ibrahim foundation Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.
Pohamba pipped two other retired African heads of states, including former President Mwai Kibaki, to the award which came with a Sh450 million prize money.
The other leader in contention was Mozambiqueâ€™s former President Armando Guebuzza who left office on January 15, 2015.
Pohampa is set to receive Sh450 million per year for 10 years and Sh18 million annually thereafter for life.
The prize, which was founded in 2006, seeks to recognize and honour exceptional African leaders who have developed their countries and helped to alleviate poverty and promote equality.
Retired heads of states are considered eligible for the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, if he/she is a democratically elected president.
Additionally the former head of state must have left office within the last three years after having served their constitutionally mandated term.
The prize was not awarded in the years 2013, 2012 and 2009 after the committee heading the awarding process failed to agree on a candidate in the listed years.
Here is how Blogger Phil W captured sentiments of most Kenyans.
Anyone imagining the â€ª#â€ŽMoIbrahim2014â€¬ Achievement in African Leadership Award could have gone to someone who drove Kenya into near abyss through electoral fraud is stretching their imagination too far. Mwai Kibaki’s regime was responsible to widespread extra-judicial killings, it counts subversion of democracy among its legacies which includes violent attacks on independent media, grand corruption (eg. anglo-leasing, Triton), negative ethnicity, nepotism and unprecedented plunder of public resources (eg. grand regency) and therefore can never be considered for such a prestigious award as the â€ª#â€ŽMoIbrahimPrizeâ€¬.
So yeah, go ahead and award meaningless Kenyan state commendations like Order of the Golden Heart, Order of the Burning Spear, Grand Warrior et al. But the Nobel Peace Price or Mo Ibrahim prices remain a distant dream for the Kibaki/Moi type of leaders.