By Maddieu A.A.T. Kabbah
Sierra Leone’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice-Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara has again been honoured with the prestigious African Achievers Award 2016 for his stride to combat corruption and injustice in his homeland.
This esteemed African Award was graciously presented to Mr. Kamara at the International Conference Center in Abuja, Nigeria over the weekend on the theme: “Securing a Stable Energy Future for Africa.”
In this year’s 6th edition, the Board of Directors and entire Management team of the African Achievers Awards unanimously selected Mr. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara for an award for “Excellence in Leadership”. The Award has over 30 categories including Most Valuable African President, Lifetime Achievement Award, African Hero’s Award, African Change-maker, African Impact Award and African Industrialist of the year, to name but a few.
The letter issued highlighted that the selection was “in recognition of your commitment to public service and fighting for the nation – especially injustice and corruption. We are convinced that the service to your country is immeasurable and that makes you a deserving recipient of the African Achievers Awards”.
Receiving the award in his white African attire, JFK said “today is a very special day for Africa. I present this award to all Africans who believe in themselves that Africa has come of age, that today, we as Africans do not only recognize in ourselves but we believe in others. Let me now seize this opportunity to thank HE President of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma who has given me the grace and the option to be here tonight.”
To many, this honorary award will add credence to JFK’s long list of achievements in the field of service delivery and governance in Africa.
It should be noted that the former Deputy Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission was recently appointed by President Ernest Bai Koroma as Attorney General and Minister of Justice. He is also a member of the African Union Board on Anti-Corruption and a proud recipient of the World Bank Integrity Award 2010. He is a joint winner of the International Association of Prosecutors Award in recognition of promoting International Criminal Justice and Avon International Award in recognition of support for Women’s Rights.
Previous recipients include President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara will be Sierra Leone’s first and finest example among a long list of potential winners in the continent this year.
Sierra Leoneans spoken to say this award will provide an inspirational motivation to the learned lawyer’s determination to improve the quality and access to justice especially in strengthening judicial performance, expedition of trials, freedom of expression, women and children’s right in the country.