Kenya on Monday (7/11/16) sought the backing of Chad for Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed’s bid to be the next African Union Commission chairperson.
The Deputy President William Ruto while speaking in N’Djamena, where he presented a message from President Kenyatta to President Idriss Deby, exuded confidence that Chad would support Ms Mohamed.
He said Kenya believed she had the experience and knowledge to drive the African agenda forward.
“The minister sits in the executive council of Africa Agenda 2063 and understands where we want to take the continent. We have a clear infrastructure that her leadership will help us achieve,” indicated Ruto.
According to Ruto, Kenya is aware that Chad has already nominated its Foreign Affairs Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat for the same position.
President Deby reiterated that a successful candidate would need to push for reforms that Africans desired in the United Nations.
“We do not want someone who will take instructions from outside Africa,” the Chad leader said.
Kenya nominated the Foreign Affairs CS to contest as the chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission at the beginning of October 2016.
“I see that Amina is doing well and this looks like an Amina thing. We have nominated her (the CS) to be the AU chairperson,” President Kenyatta said at State House, Nairobi.
Ms Mohamed has served in the public service for 29 years and was once Kenya’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya to the UN in Geneva.
The United Nations (UN) Secretary General then appointed her the United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi.
The three who will battle it with Ms Mohamed are former Ugandan vice president Specioza Wandira Kazibwe, the Equatorial Guinea Foreign Minister Agapito Mba Mokuy and his Botswanian counterpart Pelonomi Venson Moitoi among others.