JUBA – South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has won African peace prize for the year 2021 for his tireless efforts in bringing about peace to the people of Sudan and South Sudan.
While Kiir was presented with “African Peace Award 2021” by representatives of the Union of African Private Televisions, a media body comprising 63 television stations across 22 countries in Africa in Juba this morning, the lead mediators, Tut Gatluak Manime, and Dr. Dhieu Mathok were presented peace medal their active role in Sudanese peace process.
In his remarks during the award ceremony in Juba, President Kiir appreciated the Union of African Private Televisions for recognizing his efforts in bringing peace to the people of Sudan.
“Let me start my remarks by thanking African Television Private for recognizing our efforts to achieve peace in our sisterly country Sudan. While this award is given in my name, I accepted it on behalf of all South Sudanese who supported the mediation process that led to the signing of the Juba Peace Agreement,” Mayardit said.
Mayardit believed working for peace in the country and the region is not any easy task.
“Recognition of this nature honored our efforts and aspiration toward a peaceful region. However working for a peaceful country and region is not without challenges,” he expressed.
He urged his citizens to join hands with the government to work for peaceful South Sudan.
“I am urging all of us to rededicate our efforts at individuals and collective levels to overcome obstacles listed above. Our path of achieving total peace lies in confronting the challenges we faced,” he disclosed.
In October 202, the Universal Peace Federation International, an international NGO based in the U.S awarded the South Sudan President, Salva Kiir a medal for brokering the peace deal between the Sudanese government and rebel factions.