London Political Summit 2022 honours Malawian leaders Among Others  as Trade for Peace takes centre stage

By Durell Namasani

The London Political Summit and Awards has this year once again included Malawians leaders its list of awardees. This was revealed at the gala event that took place at Mandeville Hotel in London to mark this year’s ceremony. The 2022 event which was the seventh since the beginning of the awards was held under the theme “Trade for peace: The Politics of Democratic Peace. Malawi’s High Commissioner to UK Dr Thomas Bisika was among those honoured by the Summit. Dr Bisika received the Diplomatic Peace Ambassador Award.

The London Political Summit and Awards is a socio-political platform that began in 2016, with the support of key political leaders of thought and academia. Over the years, they have seen great contribution such as the establishment of the Annual Uhuru/Raila African Peace Accord Awards, in honour of the two great sons of African politics, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, and Rt. Hon. Railia Odinga the former Prime Minister of Kenya, whose peace accord initiative in 2018, brought about democratic peace in Kenya politics. The main advocacy of the London Political Summit is to propagate and advance the need for political order, democratic peace and good governance among developing countries, through dialogue and cooperation

LPS official Allan Mandindi presenting one of the Awards

Speaking to the 247Malawi News, The Organiser of the summit Dr Godson Azu said the summit is getting bigger and recognised by people that matters, and as such getting better. “This year summit has seen us host a proper dinner gala night, which turned out good with about around 100 high profile guests and businesses, using a high-profile venue, Mandeville Hotel by Oxford Circus. Next, we would be targeting to reach over 150 high profile guests and businesses”.

Welcoming the attendees at the event was LPS official Allan Mandindi who in his welcome remarks thanked all those who took time to attend the event and also thanked those honoured in the awards for their tireless work in their respective countries and communities.

Award given to Malawi UK Ambassador Dr Thomas Bisika

The Trade for peace: The Politics of Democratic Peace summit theme aimed to query how the role of power politics and control of resources is reshaping democratic order and peace in developing countries. A discussion on whether Trade among nations and within a nation can reduce conflicts and wars.  How can global fair trade promote Democratic order, Peace and Prosperity in the developing countries of the world and a discussion on whether Political leaders, non-states actors, and or citizens responsible for intra and inter states conflicts and communal wars

According to Dr Azo, this year’s summit has addressed issues of sustainable political ideologies, ethnoreligious values, social contract, trade as a tool for peace and leadership ethics for citizens governance and societal good. It will challenge the boundaries of gender equality in politics, powers of super driven media streaming and reportage, democratic integrity, post-pandemic restructuring and multilateral relationships in the national and international space. The 2022 Awards ended with the Award Dinner Gala Night, which was attended by the representative of His Excellency Governor  of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, in person of Hon. Commissioner of information and strategy, Bar. Ini Ememobong, and Hon Victor Adoji the Media Advicer, also at the were, Prof. Kishan Devani British Empire Media holder, the Summit Chairman, Cllr. Muhammad Butt, the Council Leader of London Borough of Brent, Mr. Mobin Rafiq Chairman Commonwealth Entrepreneurs Club Uk, HRH Drani Stephen Izakare, the Paramount ruler of Modi Community in Uganda, Mr. David Smith Chairman British African Business Alliance, Cllr Dr. Kate Anolue Former Double Mayor of Enfield, Cllr Dr. Anna Mbachu former Mayor of Waltam