President Yoweri Museveni’s special envoys continue to spread out across the continent to canvass support for the Eastern African candidate for the Chairperson of the African Union Commission [AUC].
The envoys include; Rt. Hon. Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, the Minister of International Relations Hon. Okello Henry Oryem, Justice and Constitutional Affairs Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire, Opposition Commissioner to Parliament, Hon Cecilia Ogwal Atim, Former Minister of Gender Hon. Syda Bbumba, Hon. James Baba, Hon Fred. Omach, Hon Victoria Sekitoleko and Hon. Daudi Migereko.
The campaign is multi-prong; the President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E. Yoweri Museveni, is campaigning among his peers, he is sending envoys to Heads of State of other African countries and the candidate is campaigning on her own behalf.
The team is meeting with Presidents of the respective African countries to lobby support for the Eastern African candidate for Chairperson of the African Union Commission, an office currently occupied by the South Africa’s Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma who did not seek another term.
According to the new schedule of travel for the Candidate and Special Envoys, H.E. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe who was in Chad over the weekend, is now in Gabon and will continue to Cote D’Ivore.
Hon. Okello Oryem will visit Namibia before connecting to Zambia.
Hon. Kahinda Otafiire will move to Zimbabwe and then go to Malawi.
Hon. Daudi Migereko will travel to Lesotho and then Swaziland.
Hon. Fred Ruhindi will go to Seychelles first before connecting to Comoros.
Hon. Fred Omach will visit Senegal, Hon. James Baba will go to Togo and then Benin. Hon. Syda Bumba will visit Tunisia and then Libya while Hon. Cecelia Ogwal will visit Eritrea before connecting to Djibouti.
Uganda has already sought appointments with Heads of State and Ministers of Foreign Affairs in those respective countries.
Dr. Wandira, 61, is running against Agapito Mba Mokuy, the Foreign minister of Equatorial Guinea and Dr Pelomi Venson Moitoi, 65, of Botswana.
The new chairperson of the African Union Commission will be elected at the 27th Ordinary Summit in Kigali, Rwanda between July 10-18, 2016.