By Durell Namasani
Malawi’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is also the secretary general of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Hon Eisenhower Mkaka has received an award from London Political Summit for his services towards diplomacy.
The award was presented to Hon Mkaka by Limbani “Taygrin” Kalirani , who is the London Political Summit Ambassador for southern Africa . According to the organisers, Hon Eisenhower Mkaka was considered for “Diplomat of the year” award for his outstanding contribution to Malawi foreign diplomacy and intergovernmental relationships that he has demonstrated since taking office three months ago.
In his acceptance speech, Mkaka thanked the organisers of the award and promised to continue being of service to the nation of Malawi in humility “ I am really humbled by the ward .Quite fulfilling that my humble contribution has been noticed by others” he said.
Mkaka is also due to be one of the speakers at the official presentation ceremony scheduled for the 20th October. This year’s summit theme is “ The politics of Globalization and Pandemics- Whats next Post Covid, Post Brexit relations”
London Political Summit is the yearly awards event that aims at recognizing African leaders that have promoted peace and democracy. Apart from its flagship The Uhuru/Raila Peace-Accord Award that was created in 2018 following a truce between Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga after a conflict that emanated from a 2017 general election, the Summit also recognises other contributions from various individuals in the political spectrum.
Previous Malawi Award winners include Taygrin who was awarded as a promising , young emerging African politician in 2019. This year , London Political summit has recognized President Chakwera and Former President Peter Mutharika with the Raila/Uhuru Peace Accord for the peaceful transition of power in Malawi after the presidential elections. Nkhatabay South Member of Parliament, Dr Ken Zikhale Ngoma has also been awarded for his innovativeness and work in his constituency where he has embarked on the project to replace boreholes with tap water.