Former President Uhuru Kenyatta has been awarded for his contribution to the peaceful settlement of the conflict in the northern part of Ethiopia.
Uhuru was on Sunday, April 24, feted in Addis Ababa, during a recognition program organised by the Ethiopian government alongside other stakeholders in the event themed ‘Enough with war lets sustain peace’.
Former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Deputy President of South Africa Mlambo-Ngcuka and African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat were also recognized and awarded during the event.
In his speech at the event, Uhuru commended the people of Ethiopia for their commitment to finding lasting peace in the northern region, saying the found peace is a testimony that the African continent can resolve her problems.
"The commitment shown and the leadership of the African Union has indeed proved that Africa can work out her problems, and what has happened in Ethiopia is a testimony that Africa can work out its problems," he said.
He further said, Ethiopia is the heart of Africa and is a country of great potential that has shown the world how different nationalities and communities can live peacefully under one flag.
The conflict in northern Ethiopia found a peaceful resolution through the Peace agreement signed November 2 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa, where the Ethiopian government and the regional forces from Tigray agreed to cease hostilities, a surprise diplomatic breakthrough after nearly two years of war.
The Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) interim President Getachew Reda also graced the occasion alongside other government and Tigray officials.