Uhuru heads to Morocco to drum up sup­port for CS Amina

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto has been to Chad, DRC, Nige­ria, Al­ge­ria, Liberia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Sierra Leone and Gabon. De­vo­lu­tion CS was in Zam­bia and Zim­babwe

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - OLIVER MATHENGE @Oliv­erMa­thenge

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta left the coun­try yes­ter­day for Morocco to at­tend the 22nd Con­fer­ence of Par­ties to the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change – also known as COP22.

State House said the con­fer­ence would fo­cus on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Paris Agree­ment on cli­mate change, to which Kenya is a sig­na­tory. How­ever, it emerged that the trip was more than just to at­tend the con­fer­ence as Uhuru is tar­get­ing his col­leagues to seek votes for For­eign Af­fairs CS Amina Mo­hamed.

“HAP­PEN­ING NOW-Pres­i­dent @ UKeny­atta fly­ing to Morocco for Cli­mate sum­mit and to can­vass for @ AMB_A_Mo­hammed who is run­ning to be chair of @AUC,” State House spokesman Manoah Esip­isu posted on his Twit­ter han­dle yes­ter­day.

The state­ment from State House said while in Morocco, Uhuru was also ex­pected to join close to 40 heads of state and gov­ern­ment at Africa Ac­tion Sum­mit that was to be held on the side­lines of COP22.

“The sum­mit will dis­cuss Africa’s roadmap for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Paris cli­mate change agree­ment,” State House said. The Pres­i­dent was ex­pected to lobby for the elec­tion of CS Mo­hamed as AU Com­mis­sion chair; in what would be the sec­ond leg of shut­tle diplomacy to en­sure Kenya se­cures the seat. Morocco’s mem­ber­ship to the AU is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion, be­ing the only coun­try out of the 54 African states, that was not a mem­ber of the group.

Mo­hamed is eye­ing the post of the African Union Com­mis­sion chair­per­son, for which Kenya has put up spir­ited and well-funded cam­paigns.

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto has been to Chad, the DRC, Nige­ria, Al­ge­ria, Liberia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Sierra Leone and Gabon. Yes­ter­day, Defence CS Ray­chelle Omamo was in Bu­rundi, where she met the coun­try’s Pres­i­dent and de­liv­ered Uhuru’s re­quest for Mo­hamed’s sup­port. Nine­teen Comesa coun­tries have pledged their sup­port, but it is not guar­an­teed be­cause Amina is con­test­ing against Botswana’s Pelonomi Ven­son-Moitoi. She re­quires votes from at least 35 of the 53 mem­ber coun­tries for her.

En­ergy CS Charles Keter was in Le­sotho on Satur­day, while his Pub­lic Ser­vice and Youth coun­ter­part Si­cily Kariuki vis­ited Guinea and Niger. Last week, De­vo­lu­tion CS Mwangi Ki­un­juri was in Zam­bia and Zim­babwe.

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