By Najibu Mulema
Uganda is set to decide on which East Africa community nominee it will back for the candidature of African Union commission top position. Uganda is faced with a task to choose between Kenya’s Amina Mohamed and Somalia’s Fowsiyo Yusuf Haji Adan.
This came after some East African community member states remain undecided on who to front as their candidate for the position. The nomination was openned afresh after the AU heads of state summit in Kigali Rwanda failed to choose the replacement of South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, who is stepping down after one term to prepare for a stab at the south African presidency.
While at the Kigali summit none of the three candidates including Uganda’s former vice president, Specioza Wandera Kazibwe attained required qualifications afer seven rounds of voting. Ambassador James Mugume permanent secretary of ministry of foreign affairs said, Uganda failed to choose a candidate to beat the 30th September deadline.
So the only option is to support the two East African candidates who are in the race. He said Uganda is yet to decide who to support but would definitely back a candidate the region chooses between Kenya’s Amina Mohamed and Somalia’s Fowsiyo Yusuf Haji Adan. ‘We need to consult so that we have one candidate because you know if your’e two from one region you’re hurting your candidature because you see the other regions will vote for theirs and yours will be divided meaning the two will be the first to drop out.” Rwanda has already thrown its way behind Kenya’s candidate who according to the foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo, Amina is the best woman for the job. “She is the best woman for the job, and she is very much Rwanda’s candidate. She is highly qualified, has incredible diplomatic and managerial experience, and the right heart and mind when it comes to the strategic interests of our continent, as well as Africa’s active presence on the global scene,” Ms Mushikiwabo said.