By Watchdog reporter

Rwanda Foreign Affairs minister has said the election of the new African Union Commission chairperson will proceed as planned at the ongoing summit in Kigali.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo admitted that there are calls by a section of members of the African Union to postpone the elections.

She said 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had written to the African Union Commission requesting for the postponement of elections, arguing that none of the three candidates in the race has the required qualifications.

However the Rwandan minister says the heads of state will make the final decision on the matter.

She said, “ECOWAS indeed sent a letter to the chairperson requesting the postponement of the elections. That will have to be discusses by the Heads of state during the summit.”

Mushikiwabo however said ECOWAS was divided as they are those members that don’t back the calls for postponement since the majority of commissioners’ term was ending.

“I am not sure that the entire bloc of ECOWAS is going to ask for postponement. The commission of the African Union has six out of eight commissioners whose term ends now and we need leadership,” Mushikiwabo said.

“There is no rule that at this point just a few days to the Heads of state summit such a request can stop the elections. It will be up to the Heads of state but my belief is that elections will be on and we are ready for them.”

On Thursday morning, East African countries had a breakfast meeting with their candidate Dr. Specioza Naigaga Wandira Kazibwe whom they all pledged to support.

The meeting was attended by foreign affairs ministers from the Eastern African region, including Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

Kazibwe is challenging for the AU job against Botswana’s minister of foreign affairs, Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, who represents the Southern African bloc and Agapito Mba Mokuy of Equatorial Guinea representing the central African region.

 

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