Uhuru re­quested Zuma to back CS Mo­hamed’s UN bid

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta re­quested his South African coun­ter­part Ja­cob Zuma to sup­port For­eign Af­fairs Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Amina Mo­hamed for the African Union top job, State House has said.

In a joint com­mu­nique is­sued at the end of Zuma’s visit on Wed­nes­day, State House said Uhuru re­quested the sup­port of South Africa as Mo­hamed seeks to be chair­per­son of the AU Com­mis­sion. How­ever, there was no men­tion of Zuma’s com­mit­ment that his coun­try would back her.

“The two lead­ers agreed on the need to en­sure the most suit­able can­di­dates for all the po­si­tions that will pro­tect the in­ter­ests of the con­ti­nent and fast­track the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Agenda 2063 are ap­pointed,” State House said.

Agenda 2063 is a call for ac­tion to all seg­ments of African so­ci­ety to work to­gether and build a pros­per­ous and united Africa, based on shared val­ues and a com­mon destiny.

Zuma is the cur­rent vice chair­per­son of the South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity, which is back­ing Botswana’s For­eign min­is­ter Pelonomi Moitoi for the plum con­ti­nen­tal job.

Be­fore Mo­hamed’s nom­i­na­tion in July, South Africa made it clear it is bound by SADC de­ci­sions and promised to cam­paign for the Botswana’s can­di­date.

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