Who will fill AU Commission’s post?

Addis Ababa, January 25, 2017 (FBC) - The 28th Ordinary Assembly of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government is set for 30-31 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

According to a draft agenda, one of the key issues for discussion is the appointment of a new leadership at the AU Commission. 

The summit will elect a new chairperson, deputy chair and eight commissioners.

A total of five candidates are vying to be the next African Union Commission leader.

These are Dr. Amina Mohammed of Kenya, Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi of Botswana, Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad, Agapito Mba Mokuy of Equatorial Guinea and Dr. Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal.

Of the five candidates, Dr Venson-Moitoi and Mokuy participated in the earlier elections held in Rwanda’s capital Kigali in July 2016 that failed to produce a winner as none of the candidates garnered the required two-thirds of the votes in the polls.

The other candidate in the July election was Dr Specioza Kazibwe of Uganda, who has since withdrawn her candidature.

The five Candidates vying to be the next African Union Commission leader conducted a public debate last month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The historic debate allowed the candidates to outline their vision for Africa.

The elections of a new chairperson follows an announcement by the incumbent, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa to resign after her first term of office came to an end in June 2016.

Winner of the election will lead the AU Commission and guide the continent for the next four years, or possibly even eight.

Moreover he or she will be in charge of realizing Africa’s Agenda 2063 and implementing all current programs, including overseeing the African peace and security architecture, the African governance architecture, and ensuring the AU is adequately financed.

Compiled by Amare Asrat