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November 15, 2018

Githongo, Angolan get Sh10.5m award

Prize recepients de Morais and Githongo in Canada on Thursday last week.
Prize recepients de Morais and Githongo in Canada on Thursday last week.

Former Ethics PS John Githongo and Angolan journalist Rafael Marques de Morais have been awarded $100,000 (Sh10.5 million) for their work in fighting corruption.

They received their awards at a ceremony in Vancouver, Canada, last Thursday.

The two were awarded $50,000 each after they were named joint recipients of the 2015 Allard Prize for International Integrity.

The Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, Canada, presented Githongo and de Morais with the prize.

Established in 2012, the Allard Prize is awarded every two years to an individual or organisation “that has shown exceptional courage and leadership in combating corruption, especially through promoting transparency and accountability”.

Githongo said, “it is a singular honour and a humbling experience to be selected for the Allard Prize.”

“This recognition serves as an encouragement and as an important recognition that there is, across the world, a partnership between all people who care about human dignity to fight corruption.”

In 2004, Githongo exposed the Anglo Leasing scandal and his current work involves creating an informed citizenry.

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