Thursday, 22 October 2015

China Recognizes fellow Strongman

Robert Mugabe is the 2015 winner of the Confucius Peace Prize
The Confucius Prize winner was announced on September 28, but the rest of the world didn't hear about it until... three weeks later.

Now such a prestigious prize should have had been highly anticipated, but alas only those in China knew that the winner was... (drum roll please)... Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

Isn't he the perfect person to win China's answer to the Nobel Peace Prize?

The selection committee chose Mugabe, 91, for "working tirelessly to build the political and economic stability of his country, bringing peace to the people of Zimbabwe, strongly supporting pan-Africanism and African independence, and making unparalleled contributions for the renaissance of African Civilization".

Mugabe only got 36 out of 76 votes, with others going to Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and South Korean President Park Geun-hype.

And now the Zimbabwean strong leader enters a small circle of winners in which he has good company: fellow strongmen Fidel Castro and Vladimir Putin.

Will he or won't he be the first person to actually come and accept the prize of 100,000 yuan ($15,000)...

1 comment:

  1. this makes the Confuscius and the Run Shaw Shaw prize look like an international joke, plus China is becoming more in the bush league everyday with their (lack of) actions (ie Confuscius prize) worldwide.