The former president of Kenya H.E Mwai Kibaki who is fighting for his life at the Heart Hospital in South Africa has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Award while in sick bed.
According to the Nobel Foundation, Mwai Kibaki has emerged as the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize award due to his role in ensuring peace and political stability in Kenya and Africa as a whole.
“We wish to congratulate him on this award and also use this opportunity to wish him a speedy recovery.” – The foundation’s representative in South Africa Brighton Francis said.
Kibaki was flown to South Africa few days ago for medical treatment after he was taken ill in his home country Kenya.
The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the five Nobel Prizes created by the Swedish industrialist, inventor, and armaments manufacturer Alfred Nobel, along with the prizes in Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature. Since December 1901, it has been awarded annually (with some exceptions) to those who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.
Mwai Kibaki, is a Kenyan politician. He was the third President of Kenya, serving from December 2002 until April 2013.
Kibaki was previously Vice-President of Kenya for ten years from 1978 to 1988 under President Daniel arap Moi. He also held cabinet ministerial positions in the Kenyatta and Moi governments, including time as minister for Finance (1969–1981) under Kenyatta, and Minister for Home Affairs (1982–1988) and Minister for Health (1988–1991) under Moi.
Kibaki served as an opposition Member of Parliament from 1992 to 2002. He unsuccessfully stood as a presidential candidate in 1992 and 1997. He served as the Leader of the Official Opposition in Parliament from 1998 to 2002. In the 2002 presidential election, he was elected as President of Kenya.