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Dr Kazibwe in Chad, Gabon for AU chair votes


Dr. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe received at N’Djamena International Airport by Tchad’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Madeleine Labeu Alingue.

Former Uganda vice president Dr. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe Sunday evening arrived in the Chadian capital N’Djamena on her mission to solicit support for the chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Kazibwe travelled to N’Djamena with Chad Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Moussa Faki.

She was received at N’Djamena International Airport by Tchad’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Madeleine Labeu Alingue.

Ms Sarah Kagingo, the head of communications on Kazibwe’s campaign team, said Excellency Wandira will hold talks with President Idriss Déby on her bid.

After meeting Déby, the current Chairperson of the African Union [AU], the candidate will then head  to Gabon.

Kazibwe, the Eastern Africa candidate for Chairperson of African Union Commission, spent the whole of this week in West Africa soliciting for support.

On Wednesday, June 29, she met with the President of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, at flagstaff House in Accra.

She also held talks with Liberia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Marjon Kamara, in Monrovia.

On Friday July 1, she held talks with Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Monrovia.

She further held a meeting with Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, my sister Hannah Tetteh.


President Yoweri Museveni has already dispatched special envoys including; 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, to canvass votes for the Eastern Africa candidate.

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.

The new Chairperson of the African Union Commission will be elected at the July 10 – 18 27th African Union Summit to be held in the Rwandan, capital Kigali.

As in previous years, the 54 member nations of the African Union will convene with the aim to boost development, eradicate poverty, bring Africa further into the global economy under the theme: “African Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the Rights of Women”.

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