Archive for July, 2016

auc kigali

Flags of All Africa Union members flying outside Kigali Convention Center at the 27 AU Summit.


The 27 African Union Summit came to an end in Kigali, Rwanda with a call for togetherness after the assembly failed to agree on the next African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson to take over from H.E Dr Dlamini Zuma. The AU Heads of State and Government requested the current Chairperson of the AUC to continue with their work until January 2017 when the 28 Summit will meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The three candidates in the race for the next Chairperson were Minister of Foreign Affairs of Botswana, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi; the Foreign Affairs Minister of Equatorial Guinea, Mr Agapito Mba Mokuy, and the former Vice President of Uganda, Dr Specioza Naigaga Wandira Kazibwe. The 28 member states from ECOWAS refused to take part in the voting process calling for more competent candidates to be nominated. The decision by ECOWAS in effect denied all the candidates the required two-thirds majority of the vote to become the new AUC Chairperson.