Hope­fuls urged to step down for Amina in AU job

Kenya has played up CS’s in­ter­na­tional roles for the coun­try and the con­ti­nent

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

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta on Wednes­day night sought con­sen­sus from his African col­leagues as he drummed up sup­port for For­eign Af­fairs CS Amina Mo­hamed.

The Pres­i­dent met 30 other lead­ers on the side­lines of the COP22 in Morocco and made a pitch for Mo­hamed, seek­ing to have other can­di­dates pos­si­bly step down for her.

Mo­hamed has been pro­posed as the next African Union Com­mis­sion chair­per­son. Kenya has been play­ing up her pre­vi­ous in­ter­na­tional roles for Kenya and Africa in the global arena.

Kenya be­lieves it is the time an East African led the AUC, as none has ever held the po­si­tion since 2002.

In the AU vot­ing sys­tem, most coun­tries are likely to take their cue from their re­gional group­ings, such as the EAC, South­ern Africa Devel­op­ment Com­mu­nity, or the Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity of West African States.

South Africa’s Dlamini Zuma is the cur­rent chair­per­son ( 2012 to 2016 ). She was pre­ceded by Jean Ping of Gabon ( 2008 - 2012 ).

Al­pha Konaré of Mali was chair­man from 2003 to 2008. Be­fore him was Amara Essy of Côte d’Ivoire, who was the in­terim chair­per­son dur­ing the tran­si­tion from the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of African Union be­tween 2002 and 2003.

Mean­while, Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­l­liam Ruto was in Egypt, where he met Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah al-Sisi and Prime Min­is­ter Sherif Is­mail in Cairo.

“Spe­cial en­voys of the Pres­i­dent, in­clud­ing Ruto, have reached out to more than 35 coun­tries to build a con­sen­sus around the can­di­da­ture of the For­eign Af­fairs CS.

/ PSCU

For­eign Af­fairs CS Amina Mo­hamed and Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta in Marrakesh, Morocco, yes­ter­day

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