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
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.