Nairobi, KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that Kenya has submitted Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed’s candidacy for the position of the next African Union Commission Chairperson.
Speaking during the Youth Summit at State House Nairobi on Monday, President Uhuru revealed that Kenya had submitted Ms Mohamed’s name for the post.
“I see that Amina is doing well. We have nominated her to be the AU chairperson,” said President Kenyatta.
The elections will be held in January 2017 in Addis Ababa with the panel recruiting team expected to circulate the list of the candidates by October 14.
Earlier, election of members of the AU Commission held in Kigali, Rwanda, in July 2016 was suspended; this is after seven rounds of voting as none of the three contenders for the position of chairperson obtained the required two-thirds majority.
There are three more countries which have submitted their candidacy for this position.
The Candidates include Mr. Agapito Mba Mokuy, Minister for Foreign affairs, Equitorial Guinea, Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal and Botswana’s foreign minister Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.
The post became vacant after the expiry of the term of South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who held the position since 2012 and did not apply for a second term.