Nairobi - A foundation that offers a $5m prize to leaders of
African countries who excel in office and step down when they are supposed to
has declined to give the award for the second straight year.
Salim Ahmed Salim, who chaired the prize committee for the
Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said the committee considered every African head of
state or government who retired in the last three years. Committee member Aicha
Bah Diallo said the group looked "for excellence in governance but in
The cash prize has been awarded three times in its
seven-year history. Former Cape Verde President Pedro Verona Pires won in 2011,
Festus Mogae of Botswana won in 2008, and Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique won in
2007. No award was given in 2009, 2010 and 2012.