AU chairperson elections suspended

The election of the next African Union Commission chairperson is suspended after the three candidates failed to gunner the 2/3rds needed to win

After the second round of voting, Uganda’s representative Dr Specioza Wandira Kazibwe scored 11 votes, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi of Botswana obtained 16 votes while Equatorial Guinea’s Agapito Mba Mokuy went home with 12 votes. For one to win the position he or she must obtain at least 38 votes.

The election has been engulfed by confusion after The 15-Member ECOWAS body backing the Equatorial Guinea`s candidate chose to abstain from voting.

ECOWAS had earlier written to AU Commission seeking a postponement of the election on grounds that the shortlisted candidates lacked the requisite credentials to lead the continental body.

Later ECOWAS tried to introduce a new candidate, a move that was firmly rejected

Uganda’s Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa was among those who protested about this move and the proposal to postpone the election.

We spoke to the permanent secretary ministry of foreign affairs James Mugume who is at the AU summit in Kigali Rwanda about this development and what it means for the Ugandan candidate

Story by

Kenneth Lukwago

July 18 2016