AU JOB: Uganda Fights Back on Plot to Fail Speciosa Kazibwe

Kutesa defending Kazibwe's (L) candidature for AU chairperson in Kigali this past Thursday

Elections for African Union Chairperson will continue as planned despite calls for a postponement, discount Chimp Corps report.

This was revealed by Rwanda Foreign Affairs Minister, pills Louise Mushikiwabo during a breakfast meeting on the sidelines of the Africa Union Summit in Kigali on Thursday.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) recently sent a petition to the African Union Commission, seeking an adjournment in the polls on grounds that the three candidates lacked the requisite qualifications.

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The bloc comprising 15 states did not state why the qualified individuals did not seek the AU top job.

Speaking today, Mushikiwabo said the decision to postpone the elections would be a matter to be decided by Heads of State.

“There is no rule that at this point just a few days to the Heads of state summit such a request can stop the elections. It will be up to the Heads of state but my belief is that elections will be on and we are ready for them,” said Mushikiwabo.

Kutesa breaks silence

Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kutesa said any move to delay elections would face stiff resistance.

He assured that integrity of AU would be “judged on how we conduct ourselves in accordance with the rules.”

Kutesa emphasised: “We cannot break our rules”.

He defended Uganda’s candidate Dr Specioisa Kazibwe as a “meticulous worker” and a “fantastic administrator” with “impeccable Pan-African credentials.”

Eastern African represented by Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania today pledged to back Kazibwe for the AU top position during the polls slated for this weekend.

Kazibwe must defeat Botswana’s Foreign Minister, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, who is largely backed by Southern African bloc (SADC) and the wealthy Agapito Mba Mokuy of Equatorial Guinea (central African region) to rise to the helm of AU.


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