Uganda's former candidate for the AU chairperson post Dr Specioza Wandira Kazibwe

Member states of the East African Community are firmly supporting the candidature of Dr Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe for the African Union Commission chair.

According to sources, the foreign affairs minister of Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania held a ‘breakfast’ meeting earlier today and resolved to support Dr Kazibwe’s candidature that pits her against Dr Pelononi Venson Moitoi of Botswana and Agapito Mba Mokuy of Equatorial Guinea. The latter two represent South and Central Africa, respectively.

Meanwhile, the meeting of the EAC ministers on the sidelines of the AU Summit in Kigali comes in the wake of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) writing to the AU Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, asking for the postponement of the elections for the incoming AU Commission boss. According to the bloc, ‘none of the three candidates in the race has the required qualifications’.

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DEFENDED HOLDING AU ELECTIONS. Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Amina Mohamed
DEFENDED HOLDING AUC ELECTIONS. Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Amina Mohamed

But the ECOWAS position has been given a cold shoulder by the EAC bloc, with Kenya’s foreign affairs cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed saying postponing the elections at this time would be ‘unfair for the candidates who had already gone through nomination and vetting process’.

A medical doctor, the Ugandan candidate Dr Wandira Kazibwe served as Vice President for 9 years between 1994 and 2003. The holder of a doctorate in from Harvard University in the US, Dr Kazibwe has served as the UN Secretary General’s special envoy for HIV/Aids in Africa and also held several other public offices.