Former Ugandan Vice President, Dr. Specioza Wandira Kazibwe, is no longer part of those vying for the African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson slot.
President Yoweri Museveni stopped Kazibwe from a re-run after she lost to Botswana’s foreign affairs minister Dr Pelomoni Venson-Moitoi, who was backed by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and Equatorial Guinea’s foreign affairs minister, Agapito Mba Mokuy, the Central African candidate at the Kigali AU summit held in Rwanda in July this year.
According to Ambassador James Mugume, the permanent secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uganda will support any other Eastern region candidates.
Kenya has already fronted its foreign affairs minister, Amina Mohammed, to replace Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the current chair.
The elections are slated for January 2017 in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, the headquarters of the African Union.
Kazibwe will remain a member of the AU panel of the wise, which is comprised of a group of senior leaders on the continent.
Kiiza grills Rugunda
During plenary today, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza, questioned Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda over the criteria followed to pick a regional candidate for the AU job.
“We are aware that Uganda sponsored a candidate for AU, questions through which the candidate was elected were raised,” Kiiza stated.
“Does Uganda still intend on participating in the AU election? How does the Government arrive on what candidate that can represent Uganda in the AU election? Is there a process?” she queried as Rugunda looked on.
She pushed on: ”What is the policy on national celebrations are they party celebrations?”
Rugunda who avoided all the questions instead the country for supporting Kazibwe.
“I must salute this country for uniting and supporting our candidate Dr Kazibwe,” Rugunda managed to say.