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Will Dr Specioza Kazibwe get top African Union job?

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Uganda’s Specioza at the UN. UN PHOTOS

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.”

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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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