Kazibwe Limps out of AU Race

Kazibwe Limps out of AU Race

By Serestino Tusingwire

After a series of meetings, top diplomats together with President Museveni have agreed to withdraw former Vice president Specioza Wandera Kazibwe from the race for the coveted post of AU chairperson, citing stiff competition on ground.

Kazibwe came third in the first controversial election that took place in Rwanda during the recent AU summit.

Botswana’s Dr. Pelomoni Venson-Moitoi, was on the lead, followed by Equatorial Guinea’s Agapito Mba Mokuy, and the Kazibwe.

Ambassador James Mugume, the permanent secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, confirmed the position of Uganda regarding the AU chairperson bid, saying that Uganda will support other Eastern region candidates, once the region harmonizes its position.

“We have decided not to front our candidate again. This decision was reached after discussions with our previous candidate, the President and other diplomats in the country,” Mugume said, emphasizing that Kazibwe will remain a member of the AU panel of the wise, which is comprised of a group of senior leaders on the continent.

Kenya’s foreign affairs minister, Amina Mohammed, has been nominated for the AU chair seat.

The elections are slated for January 2017 in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, the headquarters of the African Union.

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