AU bid: Museveni sends envoys to African presidents


The government of the Republic of Uganda has dispatched ten special envoys to other African countries to canvass support for the Eastern African candidate for the Chairperson of the African Union Commission [AUC].

The decision was reached during a meeting held at the Foreign Affairs ministry in the capital Kampala on Friday.

The closed door meeting was attended by; former Attorney General Mr Fred Ruhindi, former minister of lands, housing and urban development, Mr Daudi Migereko, former State Minister for Finance, Mr Fred Omach, Opposition commissioner to parliament, Hon Cecilia Ogwal Atim, former minister of Gender Syda Bbumba, Ms Grace Kabayo from the Pan-African Women Organisation, Ms Sarah Kagingo, the Head of Communications AU candidate’s campaign team, Ambassador Steven Nabeta who is the chairman of the campaign, Julian Kizza, the assistant to the AU candidate, Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire, the minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ambassador James Mugume, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other MOFA officials.

The meeting was centred on Dr Wandira’s campaign strategy and dispatching of special envoys to other African states.

The campaign is based on a three-pronged approach: firstly, the President of the Republic of Uganda Yoweri Museveni is campaigning; secondly, he is sending envoys to Heads of State of other African countries and thirdly, the candidate is campaigning on her own behalf.

It was resolved that a team of ten special envoys be sent to African countries to solicit support for the former Vice President of the Republic of Uganda as she seeks to lead the African Union in order to realise the “Agenda 2063”.

The team approved by President Yoweri Museveni who seconds Dr Wandira for the new office, includes; the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Rt Hon Jacob Oulanyah, the minister of International Relations Hon Okello Henry Oryem, Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire, Hon Cecilia Ogwal Atim, Hon Syda Bbumba, Hon James Baba, Hon J. Omach, Hon Victoria Sekitoleko, Daudi Migereko and Grace Kabayo.

The team will meet with Presidents of the respective African countries and lobby support for the Eastern African candidate to the chairperson of African Union Commission, an office currently occupied by the South African envoy, Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma.

Dr Wandira, on the other hand, will travel on Sunday to West Africa and meet West African leaders for the bloc’s support.

Dr Wandira will first visit Accra, the capital city of Ghana before connecting to Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia.

Dr Wandira, 60, is running against Agapito Mba Mokuy, 51, the Foreign minister of Equatorial Guinea also the choice of Central Africa and Southern African Development Community [SADC]’s Dr Pelomi Venson Moitoi, 65, the Foreign Affairs minister of Botswana.

Dr Wandira who has already secured support from 14 countries is now seeking support from the Economic Community of West African States [Ecowas] to guarantee her win.

The new chairperson of the African Union Commission will be elected at the 27th ordinary summit in Kigali Rwanda between July 10-18, 2016.

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