Uganda’s Special Envoy, Hon. Cecilia Ogwal, on Wednesday escorted Dr. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe to Entebbe International Airport where she boarded a plane to Kigali to attend the African Union Summit.
On Tuesday, Ogwal told plenary chaired by deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah that she is marketing the candidature of Dr Wandira Kazibwe as AU Chairperson.
“For she is the best person for the job.”
Ogwal who had the backing of Oulanyah, asked Members of Parliament to pray for Kazibwe’s victory in the Rwandan capital Kigali.
Ogwal last week met the Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki ad delivered a message from Uganda on Wandira-Kazibwe candidature.
President Afwerki told her “support to Eastern Africa’s candidate is an obligation, a commitment to moving Africa forward”.
According to a statement issued by the Head of Communications for Uganda’s AU Chairperson bid, Ms Sarah Kagingo, Ogwal also met the Eritrean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Osman Saleh at a countryside office outside Asmara.
On Wednesday, another Special Envoy Daudi Migereko met with the Prime Minister of Lesotho and delivered a message from President Museveni.
On the same day, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda and leader of opposition in parliament Winnie Kiiza visited Cameroon for the same purpose.
Other Ugandan 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].
Over 14 countries including Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Congo, Nigeria, among others have already expressed support for Kazibwe.
The former vice president 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.
The new Chairperson of the African Union Commission will be elected at the July 17 – 18 27th African Union Summit to be held in the Rwandan, capital Kigali.