Deputy President William Ruto in Mali to lobby for CS Amina Mohammed’s AUC bid


Deputy President William Ruto on Monday kicked off the final campaigns for Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed for the position of the chairperson of the Africa Union Commission.

The campaign started with a trip to Mali where met several leaders among them Algeria Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and Uganda President Yoweri Museveni on the sidelines of the France-Africa Summit for Partnership, Peace and Emergence held in Bamako.

On Monday, the Deputy President was in Swaziland where he met Prime Minister Dr Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini.

Mr Ruto who was accompanied by CS Mohammed and her Environment counterpart Judy Wakhungu said Kenya believes that the future of individual countries was tied to that of the continent as a whole.

“As such we must talk collectively about that future that the African Union stands and play a pivotal role,” he said.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Amina Mohammed, remains optimistic that the African Heads of State will move from the traditional voting pattern and appoint her the next chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Ambassador Mohamed aims at taking over the leadership mantle of the African Diplomatic Corps from the outgoing South African, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

The candidates are usually fielded by political and economic blocs as well as lingual groupings.

In an interview on Citizen TV’s Sunday Live Show in November,  hosted by Hussein Mohamed, Ambassador Mohamed expressed confidence that African leaders will break away from the traditional voting practice to elect her the next African lead diplomat.

“My hope and my expectation is that I get votes from across the continent,” she said.

She said that the African policy has been the cornerstone of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration, adding that the Kenyan government has taken a lead role in every initiative and programme undertaken in the continent since President Kenyatta took office.

She cited the lead role that Kenya played in the fight against Ebola in Liberia, putting resources and hosting the African remittances institute and immense contributions to peace missions across the continent.

Ambassador Mohamed promised to aggressively pursue the implementation of Agenda 2063, developed by the Africa Summit for the continent that was adopted in 2013.

Agenda 2063, Mohamed says, provides the catalyst needed to stimulate growth in Africa through the creation of opportunities, improving continents infrastructure connectivity as well as embracing technology.

“One doesn’t even need to go outside the agenda. One needs to aggressively and faithfully implement the agenda,” she told Sunday Live.

“We have a very comprehensive, inclusive growth agenda that will drive sustainable growth in Africa.”

She heaped praise on outgoing Chairperson for launching the agenda, saying her tenure will embark on overseeing the successful implementation of the same.

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