Uganda on Friday officially launched a campaign for former Vice President Dr. Speciosa Kazibwe Wandira who is running for the post of African Union commission chairperson (2016-2020).
Dr Wandira was endorsed by the Cabinet of Ministers and the Eastern African Region as their Candidate for the post.
Dr Wandira is a physician and trained social scientist, veteran politician, diplomat and Pan Africanist.
In 2013 she served as Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations for HIV/AIDS in Africa and is currently a member of the African Union Panel on the Wise, one of the critical pillars of the Peace and Security Architecture of the African Union.
“Africa has the most essential ingredient to take charge of its destiny; its people…,” she says.
As AU Commission Chairperson, Speciosa will be the Chief Executive to the collective of 54 Heads of State, work with governments and other institutions to promote, popularize and implement AU’s Agenda 2063 for over one billion Africans.
“My vision is that of an AU taking charge of Africa’s destiny. I will focus on areas to support member states and further ground and put on course implementation of #AUAgenda2063.”
These are; Peace Building, Conflict Resolution, Infrastructure development, Resource Mobilisation, Research communication and people empowerment, Member state and partner engagement and reinforcing existing AU systems to deliver.
Peace Building Conflicting Resolution
Peace is the bedrock of sustainable social and economic development.
Mediation and dialogue between disputing parties must be given space and time to mature into sustainable resolution of conflicts and to pave a path to building peace.
A prosperous Africa will be a consequence of policies that result in the correct infrastructure to spur investment.
The regional economic communities (RECs) building blocks for Africa, will be supported and coordinated to plan, strategize and mobilize resources for roads, rail, water and air and transport; power generation and distribution; and, information and communication infrastructure.
Self-reliance and self-determination will result from timely sowing of good seed for bumper harvest.
The required consumption level – to generate needed taxes for member states, come from mobilizing the private sector to invest more.”
Research Communication People Empowerment
Africa desires development that is people driven and relies on the potential of African people.
Productivity is not only a factor of external input but requires an appropriately skilled and healthy population.
Member State and Partner Engagement
Adequate attention will be devoted to engaging Member states’ consultations and dialogue to generate the desired consensus in the course of implementing AU programs.
Reinforcing Existing AU Systems
Results and impact will not be seen and felt, respectively, when Commissioners and staff are not empowered to do their work.
“I will dispense the required leadership and stewardship, nurture team work-by engaging the existing and future AU staff.”