Uganda has dismissed reports and insinuations made by the Kenyan press that its lack of support led to CS Amina Mohamed’s loss.
CS Amina Mohamed lost the AU chairperson vote carried out on Monday night in Addis Ababa to Chad’s Moussa Mahamat, who was confirmed the winner.
Amina managed to garner 26 votes to Mahamat’s 38 in the tough 7-rounds election.
Ambassador Mohamed immediately conceded defeat but urged her country and its leaders to evaluate and investigate the lack of support shown by neighboring states.
It was revealed after the election that Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti did not vote for her despite the Kenyan government intensively campaigning for her.
South Sudan’s ambassador to Ethiopia, James Morgan added fuel to the fire saying that Uganda was not happy with the way Kenya wanted “everything”.
Uganda has, however, come out to reject what it called ”baseless assertions” made by some sections of the media.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Uganda’s Foreign Affairs ministry said the claim made was unsubstantiated and false.
“Uganda wishes to state categorically that our support to the candidature of Amina before and during elections was unequivocal,” it read.
“Uganda wishes to reassure the government and the people of Kenya, and Amina in particular, that we remain a reliable ally and partner given our warm and close relations and our commitment to the EAC integration.”
Amina Mohamed’s Loss was a big blow to Kenya as it had been said that most African leaders were receptive of her candidature.
She aimed to replace South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, whose term began in 2012 and ended in June 2016.
The CS and Mahamat competed against Equatorial Guinea Foreign Minister Agapito Mokuy, Senegal’s Abdoulaye Bathily and Pelonomi Moitoi of Botswana.
States House has congratulated Mahamat on his victory and also acknowledged its CS for competing bravely.