State wel­comes sup­port for CS Amina’s AU job bid

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Presidency -

State House has wel­comed the en­dorse­ment of For­eign Af­fairs CS Amina Mo­hamed’s can­di­dacy for African Union Com­mis­sion chair­per­son by the Com­mon Market for Eastern and South­ern Africa.

Spokesman Manoah Esip­isu said the en­dorse­ment is an in­di­ca­tion of the faith African coun­tries have in Mo­hamed’s lead­er­ship. “We be­lieve their judge­ment is sound,” he said.

Esip­isu said Comesa mem­bers made it clear Mo­hamed’s long ex­pe­ri­ence in diplo­macy, proven ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with mul­ti­lat­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions, and suc­cess­ful stint as Kenya’s Cabi­net Sec­re­tary for For­eign Af­fairs all made her the best can­di­date to ad­vance Africa’s Agenda 2063. Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto lob­bied sev­eral Comesa lead­ers in push­ing this agenda dur­ing the re­cent Heads of State Sum­mit in Mada­gas­car.

“That en­gage­ment fol­lowed in­ter­ven­tion by the Pres­i­dent him­self, who met eight lead­ers on the side­lines of the AU Sum­mit on Mar­itime Se­cu­rity in Togo to dis­cuss sup­port for Mo­hamed,” Esip­isu said.

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