The UK-based charity said in a statement that the Kenyan Head of State was among the 12th ALM Persons of the Year Awards 2023 winners after a two-step selection process that comprised an online voting poll that ended on December 14 and a call for nominations.
Ruto was feted alongside outgoing Liberia President George Weah and former Tanzania Head of State Jakaya Kikwete, who secured victories in the African Political Leader of the Year, and African Peace and Security Leader of the Year award categories, respectively.
The Kenyan president has been vocal on several issues affecting the African continent including climate change, debt restructuring and an all-inclusive global financial management.
The trio’s victories, MLA said, were largely based on results from the online poll, which attracted vote entries from across Africa and the globe.
“The ALM Persons of the Year Awards are Africa’s premier vote-based endorsements, annually reserved for leading Africans contributing to the continent’s progress positively altering its perceived negative image. The 2-step selection process offers an opportunity for Africans from across the globe to be part of the process of celebrating leaders contributing to Africa’s growth and development,” MLA said.
Chief Justice Martha Koome and Tanzania President Samia Sululu were also declared joint winners of the African Female Leader of the Year and African Political Leader of the Year awards respectively.