Former Uganda Vice President Dr Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe has been endorsed by the Eastern African region as their candidate for the post of Chairperson of the African Union (AU). Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed the development in a statement.
“Dr Wandira has been endorsed by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uganda and the Eastern African Region as their Candidate for the post of Chairperson, AU Commission,” the statement said.
According to her campaign team, Dr. Wandira’s launches her bid for the chair of the African Union Commission at 8pm today in Addis Ababa, at the Radisson Hotel. The candidate’s official website and social media platforms will also be launched during the event.
Born on July 1, 1955 in Uganda, Dr Wandira holds a Doctor of Science (DSc) in Populations and Global Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, USA, (2009), a Master of Medicine (MMed-Surgery) (1987) and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBCh.B) (1979) from Makerere University Kampala.
“Dr Wandira will draw from her vast international experience and global networks to mobilize Africa to take charge of her destiny through crystalizing Africa’s vision of ‘an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena’,” the Uganda foreign affairs ministry statement added.
Will Dr Specioza Kazibwe get top African Union job?
Former Vice President Dr Specioza Naigaga Wandira Kazibwe remains a front runner to replace African Union (AU) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.
According to the Institute for Security Studies, 60-year-old Kazibwe “certainly has the highest profile and the most international experience among the candidates, but that is not all that counts. Given the AU’s increasing emphasis on gender balancing, it counts in Kazibwe’s favour – as well as that of Venson-Moitoi – that they’re women.”
The Institute for Security Studies website report stated that “apart from Kazibwe, a former Ugandan vice-president and member of the AU’s Panel of the Wise, the candidates aren’t widely known. As always at the AU, the candidates’ countries of origin, the states that support them and the extent to which their regions are prepared to fight for them can, at times, be more important than their track records.”
Zuma, from South Africa, has indicated that she will not seek another term at the mid-July summit of the African Union (AU) in Kigali, Rwanda. Kazibwe is a medical doctor like Dlamini Zuma, and has been a United Nations special representative on HIV/Aids.
The three candidates are Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, (65), from Botswana, Dr Kazibwe and Agapito Mba Mokuy (51) from Equatorial Guinea.
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