Uganda’s Wandira Kazibwe Loses AU Chairperson Race

Uganda’s representative Dr Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe has failed to emerge victorious in the race for African Union Chairperson, pharmacy Chimp Corps report.

This came after Kazibwe fell short of scooping the required two-thirds majority vote during today’s voting session at the AU Summit in Kigali, illness Rwanda.

The 15-Member ECOWAS body chose to abstain from voting.

It had earlier written to AU Commission seeking a postponement of the election on grounds that the shortlisted candidates lacked the requisite credentials to lead the continental body.

Uganda’s Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa protested calls for the postponement, information pills saying, “rules are rules and they must be respected.”

On Sunday, ECOWAS tried to introduce a late candidate, a move that was firmly rejected by the legal department of the AU Commission.

They then declared they would not vote and deny all the other candidates a two third majority vote.

For Kazibwe to win the election, she needed at least 38 votes.


But officials attending the meeting told this investigative website that Kazibwe obtained only 11 votes.

Uganda has for the last 20 years paid heavily in terms of resources and lives in stabilizing Africa.

Uganda maintains troops in Somalia and Central African Republic, paying a heavy price to thwart attempts aimed at turning the countries into a hub of regional terrorism.

Ugandan troops were as well killed in South Sudan where a potential genocide was halted.  Uganda equally provided support to the ANC in the liberation of South Africa.

Museveni had hoped that it were such sacrifices that would see Africa overwhelmingly vote for Kazibwe.

Yet, the Botswana Candidate, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi obtained 16 votes while Equatorial Guinea’s Agapito Mba Mokuy went home with 12 votes.

In the second round after the elimination of Uganda, Moitoi obtained 23 votes while 28 countries abstained.

The voting is by secret ballot – which makes it hard to identify countries that voted for or against Uganda.

The election was postponed to January, 2016.

Kazibwe, a former Vice President, has 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.

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