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February 17, 2019

Kenya reached 51 AU states over Amina's AU commission chair bid - Matiang'i

Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohammed during a luncheon to wish her well in the endeavours to become African Union Commission chair. /PSCU
Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohammed during a luncheon to wish her well in the endeavours to become African Union Commission chair. /PSCU

The government has reached 51 out of 53 African Union member states to back Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohammed’s bid for commission chair.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i on Monday said that they have hopes that Amina will clinch the seat during the January 30 vote.

Matiang'i, who is the chair of cabinet committee on Amina’s candidature, said Kenya will not relent in its campaigns to have Amina succeed in the bid.

The elections that will be held at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, seek to replace South African Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who has occupied the seat since July 15, 2012.

Dlamini will not be seeking a second term as AUC chair, having done her first four years at the helm at one of the top seats at the AU.

"Kenya will not relent and is stepping up her campaigns for the AU top post on the continental front to ensure the Foreign Affairs CS carries the day," Matiang'i said.

Matiang'i exuded confidence that Amina, upon winning, will push for achievement of Agenda 2063 that seeks to strengthen innovation and deployment of technology.

Last week, Deputy President William Ruto took the final leg of campaigns for Amina's bid to Mali where he met several leaders.

Read: Ruto campaigns for CS Mohamed in Mali, Swaziland, says she is qualified

Also read: Kenya is proud of you, First Lady tells Amina ahead of AUC elections

Amina remains optimistic that the African heads of state will move from the traditional voting and appoint her to the office.

The candidates are usually fielded by political and economic blocs as well as lingual groupings.

"My hope and my expectation is that I get votes from across the continent," she said.

Other candidates in the race include Botswana’s foreign minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Chad’s foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat as well as Equatorial Guinea’s foreign minister Agapito Mba Mokuy.

Senegal’s Bathily Abdoulaye who is the special UN envoy for Central Africa is also in the race for the AU seat.

 

 

 

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