Uganda Protests Postponement of AU Commission Polls

Minister Sam Kuteesa introduces Dr Specioza Wandira Kazibwe to AU Ministers earlier today

The Uganda government representative at the ongoing 27th African Union Summit in Kigali Rwanda Hon Sam Kutesa, cialis 40mg has protested the impending possibility of postponing the election of the next African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, price wherein Uganda’s former Vice President Dr Specioza Wandira Kazibwe is among the contenders.

Hon Kuteesa who is the former President General of the United Nations and Uganda’s minister of Foreign Affairs made known his reservations about the plan to reschedule the election, while addressing the African Union Foreign Affairs Ministers attending a breakfast meeting at the Summit of Thursday.

Kazibwe who is the candidate of the East African Bloc is facing Agapito Mba Mokuy, (Equatorial Guinea), who was fronted by Central Africa, and Dr Pelomi Venson-Moitoi, (Botswana).

The three candidates have been deemed by a number of countries as unqualified for the AUC office, hence the call for postponement of the election to January next year when the Summit convenes again in Addis Ababa.

Minister Kuteesa while addressing his colleagues this morning however said that the postponement of the election would be in breach of AU’s own rules.

“We cannot break our rules,” warned Kuteesa. “The integrity of our organization will be judged on how we conduct ourselves in accordance with the rules.”

Kuteesa then proceeded to defend the East African candidate, who he said has “impeccable Pan-African credentials.”

“She is a team player and meticulous worker. She is also clearly a fantastic administrator. She will make a very good Chairperson of the African Union Commission,” said Kuteesa.

The move to have the election of the AUC postponed is reportedly being fronted by the West African nation’s bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The block consists of up to 15 nations which if ignored would make it difficult for the candidates to raise the required two thirds of the vote.

Recent reports have indicated Algerian Foreign Affairs minister Ramtane Lamamra and former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete were being considered for the job in case the elections are deferred.



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