The Trustees and staff of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) have selected “The Nation of Sierra Leone” to receive this year’s Africa Peace award.
This was disclosed in a letter to President Koroma dated 10th September and also announced on the organizations website- www.accord.org.za.
It states that “The award is being presented to the Nation of Sierra Leone in recognition of the efforts that Sierra Leoneans have made towards achieving peace leading up to the elections that were held in August 2007 and continuing to work towards the maintenance of peace.”
The Africa Peace Award was created by ACCORD in 1993 and is awarded biennially based on three criteria:- the protection of and respect for human rights; the peaceful settlement of disputes and; the good governance of public affairs.
President Nkurunziza who received the award for the nation of Burundi in 2006 has been asked to present the award to President Koroma for the people of Sierra Leone on Saturday 18th October 2008 in the Durban City Hall in South Africa
Dubbed the ‘African Nobel Peace Prize’ has previous winners which included Nelson Mandela, and the nations of Mozambique and Nigeria.