Uhuru drums up support for CS Amina in Morocco

Amina Mohamed

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, November 16 met African leaders to drum up support for Ambassador Amina Mohamed for the post of chairperson of the African Union Commission.

President Kenyatta met over 30 leaders on the sidelines of the COP22, the global climate change summit taking place in Marrakech, Morocco.

Among the leaders the President met included those from Nigeria, Gabon, Rwanda, Seychelles, the Comoros, Sudan, Senegal and Chad.

President Kenyatta departed the Menara International Airport Marrakech Thursday, November 17 morning and is expected in the country later in the evening.

The country has met over 35 leaders from different countries to drum up support for CS Mohamed.

Candidates from Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Senegal and Botswana will also seek the chairperson’s post when elections are held at the next African Union summit in Ethiopia in January.

Kenya is selling CS Mohamed’s candidature on the premise that she move with speed to address some of the continent’s most pressing issues including peace and security (terrorism, civil wars, post election conflict) and stabilization.

“Her experience in World Trade Organization negotiations and as chair of the recent WTO Ministerial Conference will allow her to build Africa’s voice in multilateral trade negotiations and agreements,” said State House in a statement to newsrooms.

“Her intimate knowledge of the International Criminal Court as an institution and a process will allow Africa to be treated with more respect and understanding through her representations.”

“As a former Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, she will be a steady guide for Africa as climate change agreements and actions are undertaken,” added State House.

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