Kenya has nominated Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed for the chairperson position of the African Union Commission.
President Kenyatta revealed on Monday that he forwarded Ms Mohamed’s name for the position as he showed confidence in her ability to handle the role.
Speaking at the State House, addressing the Youth Summit attenders, President Kenyatta said:
“I see that Amina is doing well. We have nominated her to be the AU chairperson.”
CS Mohamed will battle it out with Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal, Agapito Mba Mokuy of Equatorial Guinea and Botswana’s Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.
Amina Mohamed has held a number of public offices for over 29 years and will bring vast experience to the AU chair position.
She served as Kenya’s ambassador/permanent representative at Kenya’s Mission to the United Nations in Geneva.
She was then appointed as the UN assistant secretary-general and deputy executive director at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi.
Her current position as Foreign Affairs CS has overseen a number of high profile visits by world leaders to Kenya, including President Obama, Pope Francis, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, Italy’s Matteo Renzi, Secretary of State John Kerry, and many more.
The position became vacant after South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s term ran out. The ex-wife of the South African president had been at the commission’s helm since 2012.
In July, the AU Commission held its election of members in Kigali, Rwanda. The election of members was however suspended after seven rounds of voting because none of the three contenders for the chairman position obtained the required two-thirds majority.
The panel charged with recruiting will circulate the list of candidates by October 14 in readiness for the January 2017 election.