East Africa

Video: Kadaga, Ogwal back Dr Wandira for AU chair


Rt. Hon. Speaker Rebecca Kadaga on Sunday hosted Dr. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, the Eastern Africa candidate for Chairperson of the African Union Commission to a breakfast meeting at Parliament of Uganda.

Present are the meeting were; Honourable Cecilia Ogwal, Betty Amongi, Chris Baryomunsi, Okupa Elijah, Ruth Nankabirwa and Betty Kamya.

Speaking during the meeting, Kadaga said Uganda looks forward to having a Ugandan at the helm of the AU Commission.

“The 10th Parliament backs your bid for Chairperson of AU Commission. We look forward to having a Ugandan at the helm of the AU Commission,” Kadaga assured Dr Wandira.

The Speaker also pledged to take Uganda’s bid to African Parliaments.

“Go with the knowledge that ‪10Parliament is behind you,” Kadaga added.

In turn, Dr Wandira assured Kadaga that peace and security in Africa would be her first priority.

At the same meeting, Cecilia Ogwal too assured the candidate of full support saying Ugandans would market her bid.

“We as Ugandans are ready to present you to the continent. However, I would like to tackle the key areas that affect the continent like youth unemployment, exploitation of African resources by foreigners, among others. Package your message well,” Ogwal called on the candidate.

After the meeting, H.E Dr. Wandira flew to Accra the capital city of Ghana to meet with President John Dramani Mahama.

According to the campaign director of communications, Sarah Kagingo, Dr Wandira will there after travel to Monrovia the capital of Liberia to meet with President Sirleaf Johnson.

The former vice president is running against Agapito Mba Mokuy, 51, the Foreign minister of Equatorial Guinea also the choice of Central Africa and Southern African Development Community [SADC]’s Dr Pelomi Venson Moitoi, 65, the Foreign Affairs minister of Botswana.

Dr Wandira, 60, who has already secured support from 14 countries is now seeking support from the Economic Community Of West African States [Ecowas] to guarantee her win.

The new chairperson of the African Union Commission will be elected at the 27th ordinary summit in Kigali Rwanda between July 10-18, 2016.

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