Nigeria, November 09, 2015, (Blank NEWS Online) –
President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has been selected to win the Confucius Peace Prize, as a result of his continued work in actively promoting “African peace.”
Mugabe was said to have been chosen for “serving as the Zimbabwe president from the 1980s.”
Overcoming a number of difficulties. Contributing to building the government, economy, and order in the country “while continuing to work at the age of 91 actively for African peace,” his citation stated.
A total of nine judges from a panel of 16 experts and scholars picked the 91-year-old to win the award, which consists of a gold Confucius trophy and 100 000 yuan in prize money, which equates to $16 000.
Beating more than five nominees to win the Confucius Peace Prize, he beat other candidates including UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, South Korean President Park Geun-hye, as well as former Japanese Prime Ministers Tomiichi Murayama and Yasuo Fukuda.
Russian leader, Vladimir Putin has previously won the six-year-old award.
The shadowy prize emerged in 2010, when it was suddenly announced by the panel two days before jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel to Beijing’s anger.
Organisers of the prize denied links to the government, but the award’s executive chairman Liu Haofeng said later that it had been set up by an association overseen by China’s culture.
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