Uganda, Tanzania deny abandoning Amina in AUC election
Uganda and Tanzania have denied accusations that they did not back Kenya’s Foreign Minister Amina Mohammed in her bid to become chairperson of the African Union Commission.
Mohammed, who was seen as a front runner, accused the neighbouring of being “deceptive” countries in her concession speech and called for an investigation after losing to Chad’s foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat.
Uganda, however, said in a statement that its support for Mohammed was unequivocal before and during the election.
At the same time, Tanzania’s foreign minister Augustine Mahiga denied the reports, terming them ill intended.
Mahamat secured a two-thirds majority, 36 votes, to be declared winner.
Speaking for the first time after the election loss, Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohamed expressed disappointment that African countries are divided along language lines as the AU vote saw Francophone states face off with Anglophones.
Amina, however, intimated that the vote loss was a good lesson for Kenya moving forward, adding that she would return to continue with her job at the helm of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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