Eastern Africa’s candidate for Chairperson of the African Union Commission [2016-2020], Dr. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe today met with the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda, The Rt Honourable Jacob Oulanyah.
Speaking during the meeting, which took place at the Deputy Speaker’s office in Kampala, the former Vice President of Uganda, Dr Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe, briefed Rt Hon Oulanyah on her bid for the position of chairperson of the African Union Commission.
“Leadership is a service to the people. We have a big job of re-orienting young people ideologically,” Dr Speciosa said.
Dr Speciosa who is a member of the Panel of the Wise (PoW), one of the critical pillars of the Peace and Security Architecture of the African Union (APSA), said peace, security and infrastructure development are key to Africa’s progress.
“We need to optimise use of Africa’s resources for the benefit of all Africans,” she noted, promising to fast-track the implementation of “Agenda 2063”.
“Agenda 2063” is an approach to how the continent should effectively learn from the lessons of the past, build on the progress now underway and strategically exploit all possible opportunities available in the immediate and medium term, so as to ensure positive socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years.
She observed that the African continent has enough resources to deal with her peace and security work through prioritisation.
The Rt. Honourable Oulanyah, on the other hand, pointed out that Africa must put into perspective the dynamic of youth unemployment in relation to peace and security.
Using Uganda as an example, Rt Honourable Oulanyah said that public service jobs are not more than 350,000.
“Even if all the 350,000 jobs were given to the youth, it would not satisfy the demand for employment by the tens of thousands who graduate every year from institutions of higher learning,” he explained.
In response, Dr Speciosa suggested that the ministers of Youth, Trade and Labour work in close coordination to address unemployment issues through supporting innovation, entrepreneurship and spurring industrial growth.
Dr. Speciosa noted that she was keen on working with African parliaments and all institutions pertinent to mobilising populations to relate with the African Union in its vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens.
She called for the rekindling of the Pan-African Movement and a Parliamentary Committee on matters of the African Union, saying she would be glad to see the AU flag flown together with that of the East African Community [EAC] as well that of Uganda.
To that effect, the Deputy Speaker pledged that the matter of the Parliamentary Committee on matters of AU would be considered as “we review the rules”.
He expressed total support for Dr. Speciosa’s bid, which is themed on six areas: “peacebuilding and conflict resolution; infrastructure development; resource mobilisation; research, communication and people empowerment; member-state and partner engagement and reinforcing existing AU systems.”