Amina Mohamed suitable for AU post, DP Ruto tells Africa

Foreign Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has what it takes to be the next African Union (AU) chairperson, Deputy President William Ruto has said.

The Deputy President said Ambassador Mohamed has solid credentials in diplomacy, international trade, including a deep and broad understanding of the intricacies of intra-African trade and how to get the best out of emerging markets.

He was speaking during talks with Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari in Lagos on 11 November.

The Government’s campaign to have Amb Mohamed elected as the AU Commission chairperson has taken Mr Ruto to 10 countries.

In Chad, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Zambia, Algeria, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali, the Deputy President delivered a special message from President Uhuru Kenyatta to the country’s leaders.

Mr Ruto said he was encouraged by the willingness showed by the countries to support Amb Mohamed’s candidature.

Five candidates are vying for the position. They are: Botswana Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Chad Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat, Equatorial Guinea Foreign Minister Agapito Mba Mokuy, Kenya’s Amina Mohamed and Senegal’s Bathily Abdoulaye, who is the special UN envoy for Central Africa.

South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who has been the AU chairperson since 2012, did not apply for a second term.

The elections will be held during the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government January 30-31, 2017 at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.