Dr Specioza Meets Oulanyah on Her AU Bid

Dr Specioza meets Deputy Speaker Rt Hon Oulanyah, approved briefs him on her bid for chairperson of AU commission Eastern Africa’s candidate for Chairperson of the African Union Commission [2016-2020],

Dr. Wandira-Kazibwe Thursday met with the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda, Rt. Hon Jacob Oulanyah.

Speaking during the meeting, which took place at the Deputy Speaker’s office in Kampala, the former Vice President of Uganda, Dr Specioza Kazibwe, briefed Oulanyah on her bid for the position of chairperson of the African Union Commission.

“Leadership is a service to the people. We have a big job of re-orienting young people ideologically,” She said.

Kazibwe who is a member of the Panel of the Wise (PoW), one of the critical pillars of the Peace and Security Architecture of the African Union (APSA), said peace, security and infrastructure development are key to Africa’s progress.

“We need to optimize use of Africa’s resources for the benefit of all Africans,” she noted, promising to fast-track the implementation of “Agenda 2063”.

Agenda 2063 is an approach to how the continent should effectively learn from the lessons of the past, build on the progress now underway and strategically exploit all possible opportunities available in the immediate and medium term, so as to ensure positive socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years.

She observed that the African continent has enough resources to deal with her peace and security work through prioritization.

Oulanyah, on the other hand, pointed out that Africa must put into perspective the dynamic of youth unemployment in relation to peace and security.

Using Uganda as an example, Oulanyah said that public service jobs are not more than 350,000. “Even if all the 350,000 jobs were given to the youth, it would not satisfy the demand for employment by the tens of thousands who graduate every year from institutions of higher learning,” he explained.

In response, Dr Kazibwe suggested that the ministers of Youth, Trade and Labour work in close coordination to address unemployment issues through supporting innovation, entrepreneurship and spurring industrial growth.

She noted that she was keen on working with African parliaments and all institutions pertinent to mobilising populations to relate with the African Union in its vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens. She called for the rekindling of the Pan-African Movement and a Parliamentary Committee on matters of the African Union, saying she would be glad to see the AU flag flown together with that of the East African Community [EAC] as well that of Uganda.

To that effect, the Deputy Speaker pledged that the matter of the Parliamentary Committee on matters of AU would be considered as “we review the rules”.

He expressed total support for Dr. Speciosa’s bid, which is themed on six areas: “peace building and conflict resolution; infrastructure development; resource mobilization; research, communication and people empowerment; member-state and partner engagement and reinforcing existing AU systems.”

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