Ex-Uganda VP Specioza wants AU chair seat

Specioza Kazibwe

Specioza Wandira Kazibwe

Former vice president Specioza Wandira Kazibwe is now eyeing the slot of African Union chairperson.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary James Mugume told Daily Monitor Uganda has already secured support from regional neighbours to back Specioza.

Mugume said government has opened an office within the ministry to coordinate her campaigns.

He said the committee of ambassadors met and recommended Specioza as the candidate for the Eastern Africa group comprising about nine countries.

If successful, she would replace outgoing chairperson Dlamini Zuma in the July 2016 elections to be held in Kigali, Rwanda.

Dr Kazibwe, 60, faces competition from Agapito Mba Mokuy, 51, the foreign minister of Equatorial Guinea, and his Botswana counterpart, Dr Pelomi Venson-Moitoi, 65.

Specioza is known internationally for her works as member and acting chair of AU’s Committee of the Wise, and as the United Nations Secretary-General’s special envoy on HIV/Aids for Africa.

She was the first woman to serve Uganda as a vice president.

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