By SIMON NDONGA
Monday, November 7, 2016
NAIROBI, Kenya – Somalia has become the first country to publicly offer its vote to the candidature of Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed for the top African Union post.
According to State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu, a delegation from Somalia made the announcement during a meeting where Kenyan ambassadors and high commissioners had been recalled.
“At the event, a delegation from Somalia announced that Somalia had publicly offered its vote to Mohamed, making it the first country to do so,” he said.
Esipisu stated that the meeting’s objective was to strategise on the next steps in the critical weeks and months ahead of the late January vote and ultimate decision.
“The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Kenya, current Zimbabwe High Commissioner spoke glowingly of Mohamed’s candidature, but also made it clear that the vote itself resided in the Heads of State and Government,” he stated.
He said that in the coming weeks, Mohamed as well as her colleagues in cabinet that are members of the sub-committee supporting her candidature, will fan across the continent as special envoys to campaign for her.
“President Kenyatta himself remains very bullish about the candidature, having nominated Amb Mohammed after wide consultations with many African Heads of State and Governments. He will continue to consult his colleagues directly as he seeks consensus on the candidature,” he explained.
During the launch for her bid, President Kenyatta described Mohamed as a focused public servant who is known for the positions she has taken on issues affecting Africa and Kenya.
The President said the Foreign Affairs CS is a consensus-builder who will bring a lot of experience to the African Union.
President Kenyatta said he nominated Mohamed after wide consultations with many other African Heads of State and Governments and believes that her candidature will promote African consensus