Kenya has submitted the name of Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed for the position of the African Union (AU) Commission Chair.
President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Monday during the Youth Summit at State House, Nairobi that CS Amina suits the job, having held several senior positions in government. “Today in recognition of our obligation and commitment to support the African agenda, I am proud to offer Amb Amina Mohamed for the position of Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), a position currently held by Her Excellency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa,” noted the President.
“In this regard, my administration has submitted the candidature of Amb Mohamed for consideration at the African Union Summit in January 2017.”
Ms Mohamed will face Agapito Mba Mokuy of Equatorial Guinea, Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal and Botswana’s Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.
The election of AU Commission members held in Kigali, Rwanda, in July this year was suspended after none of the three contenders for the position of chairman obtained the required two-thirds majority seven rounds of voting.
The post became vacant after the expiry of the term of South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who had been at the commission’s helm since 2012 and did not apply for a second term.
The panel recruiting the team will by October 14 circulate the list of candidates in readiness for the election in January 2017.
Ms Mohamed has been in public service for more than 20 years, having held various ambassadorial positions. Her ministry has overseen several visits by world leaders to Kenya, including President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, Italy’s Matteo Renzi and Pope Francis and Jordanian King Abdullah II.