The Former presidential candidate, Dr. Kiiza Besigye, has been recognised with African Hero Award over his courageous struggle for political freedom in Uganda.
Uganda’s strongest opposition leader, was recognized by the Voice Achievers Award at Loius Leakey Hall, national museum in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. He has been President Museveni’s opponent since 1999 when he exited Movement system and stood against former commander of 1981-1986 bush war.
Besigye has however, lost election against the incumbency but amidst allegations of wide spread vote rigging. He has also trice dragged Mr. Museveni to Supreme Court contesting the results from such elections. The allegations have since been watered down in Supreme Court that ruled in favour of Museveni in both 2006 and 2011.
He was awarded along other distinguished awardees who include; Her Excellency, Mrs. Isaura Nyusi, First Lady of the Republic of Mozambique, Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch (rtd), Prof. PLO Lumumba, Arch Bishop Arthur Kitonga, Rev Mrs. Josephine Kitonga, Hon. Ababu-Terrah Namwamba, Rwanda Air, Bishop Dawn Willis.
Others include; Bishop William Tuimising, James Mureu, Dr. Swarup Ranjan Mishra, Rev. Ademola Afolabi, Emerging Leaders Foundation (ELF), Hon Esther Passaris, Connie Aluoch, Obi Emelonye, Lydia Tett Olet, Kevin Mulei, Dr. Kennedy Waningu, Angel Wanjiru Ngugi, Ken Wakia, Kadogo Naus-Nyawade, Ahadi Trust Kenya
The rest are; Patriciah Mutheu Musyimi, Blue Cross Kisumu, Raphael Obonyo, Marc Broere, Rachel Akem-Harumi, Hajia Zainab Kessington Momoh, Ambassador Comrade Jude Ebitimi Ukori (JP), Namusoke Asia Mbajja, Eva Nakato, Robinah Babirye, Sarah Munyi and Chief Dr. (Mrs.) Vero Tangbowei Emmanuel (JP), Kevin Mulei and Reuben Kimani
The winners were awarded after vetting and screening of nominations for 2019. The awardees were chosen from a pool of well qualified individuals, companies and organizations contributing to the advancement of Africa. Candidates were drawn from various countries in Africa and from around the world. On the final list are noble men, women and young promising personalities who cherish a better future of Africa.
The Voice Achievers Award is one of the biggest African social events in the Central Europe, dedicated to appreciating dedication and contribution of daughters, sons and friends of Africa who through their activities have impacted positively on the lives of Africans.