JUBA, 25 March 2021 – South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has won the African peace prize for the year 2021 for his efforts to foster peace.
Representatives of the Union of African Private Televisions, a media body comprising 63 television stations in 22 African countries, handed the hitherto little-known “African Peace Award 2021” to Salva Kiir Thursday in Juba.
The Sudanese leader was recognized for his efforts to bring peace to the people of Sudan and South Sudan.
Lead mediators, Tut Gatluak Manime, and Dr. Dhieu Mathok were presented peace medals for their roles in Sudanese peace processes.
“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,” Salva Kiir Mayardit said in his acceptance remarks.
The South Sudanese leader accepted the award on the same day activist, Peter Biar Ajak, threatened to campaign for his removal from power if he fails to hold elections in 2022.
The threat from the US-based activist came after the office of the South Sudanese president said it will not be in a position to conduct general elections in 2022 as set out in the peace deal.
“Hold the elections, do whatever you need to do but implement the agreement by holding elections or by that time we will demand Liberian model, just like Charles Taylor was removed, Kiir will be removed, I assured you,” Ajak said in a video message cited by Sudan’s Post.
The South Sudanese statehouse has said it would want to delay the elections until a permanent constitution is adopted and a population census carried out.
South Sudan has been in and out of armed conflict since gaining independence.