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Tsvangirai wins two international awards

By Violet Gonda
8 October 2009

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai received a prestigious human rights award and a lifetime achievement award in Spain on Thursday. Tsvangirai’s spokesperson James Maridadi told SW Radio Africa from Spain that the International Bar Association has awarded the Prime Minister with their human rights award in recognition of his efforts to advance the cause of human rights in his country. Tsvangirai was also given the International Lifetime Achievement Award 2009 from the Spanish Foundation Cristóbal Gabarrón, for his fight for peace and democracy.

Maridadi also confirmed the Prime Minister has been nominated for the much celebrated Nobel Peace prize.

He said: “It is hardly surprising. If you look at the road Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has walked since the formation of the MDC, if you look at the road he has travelled ever since the formation of the inclusive government. It is hardly surprising that he would be in the running for a Nobel Peace prize”

The spokesperson went on to say: “We got the information last night and all he said was that just being nominated alone was enough to humble him. He looks at the nomination as a vote of thanks to the people of Zimbabwe in their steadfast quest to bring about democratic change and real change through peaceful means. He says he has chosen the ballot and not the bullet to bring about real change in Zimbabwe.”

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