East Africa Backs Wandira Kazibwe for AU Chairperson Post

Uganda’s Cabinet and East African governments have endorsed Dr Wandira Kazibwe as their candidate for the post of Chairperson, advice AU Commission.

Dr Wandira is a physician and trained social scientist, dosage veteran politician, store diplomat and Pan Africanist.

In 2013 she served as Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations for HIV/AIDS in Africa and is currently a member of the African Union Panel on the Wise, one of the critical pillars of the Peace and Security Architecture of the African Union.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement seen by ChimpReports on Friday that “Dr Wandira will draw from her vast international experience and global networks to mobilize Africa to take charge of her destiny through crystallizing Africa’s vision of ‘an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.”

As Executive Vice President of Uganda for 9 years – beginning 1994, and the first Woman Vice President in Africa, the statement reads in part, Dr Wandira “oversaw government restructuring and pragmatic economic reforms that are credited with delivering commendable economic growth rates for Uganda that continue to this date.”

Kazibwe is one of the most controversial and polarizing political figures in the county.

The former Vice President has equally been named in several corruption scandals. She has never been convicted.

In 2011, a staggering Sh60b went missing from Microfinance Support Centre in a record three months.

Former Vice-President Dr. Specioza Wandira Kazibwe, who was the board chairperson, was subsequently suspended over allegations of abuse of office and mismanagement in the office she assumed in 2008.

Others board members who were suspended are MP Tim Lwanga, Mutebi Kityo, Charles Ogol from the finance ministry and Twino Musinguzi.

President Museveni started the institution in 2003, to ensure Ugandans accessed funds for poverty reduction in their households.

Fit for the job

Nevertheless, Foreign Affairs Ministry today said Wandira deserves the AU position as she was at the forefront of efforts to find lasting solutions to regional conflicts, facilitating and mediating conflicts in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Sudan and Somalia.

Dr Wandira served as Deputy Minister for Industry and Technology (1989-1991) and as Cabinet Minister for Women in Development, Culture and Youth (1991-1993), spearheading the first and internationally acclaimed multi-sectoral strategy to contain the spread of HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

Born on 1 July 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.glasses emoticon  (1979) from Makerere University Kampala.

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