Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe wins China’s Confucius Peace Prize
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, has won the Confucius Peace Prize. According to Qiao Damo who started and runs the accolade, the award recognizes Mugabe for his “outstanding contributions” to world peace.
The African leader beat nine other finalists, including Bill Gates, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye to scoop the award.
In a statement announcing the award, the committee praised Mugabe for being “committed to building the country’s political and economic order, for the benefit of the Zimbabwean people.
It also cited Mugabe’s strong support of Pan-Africanism and African independence. The Confucius prize was founded in 2010.
Former winners of the Prize include includes Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Cuba’s Fidel Castro and former UN secretary General Kofi Annan.
Video: President of Zimbabwe awarded the Confucius Peace Prize