We Did Our Best for Kenya's Amina Mohammed --Kutesa

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Ugandas Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa has described as false and baseless, allegations that Uganda shunned Kenyas candidate Amina Mohammed as chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Uganda's Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa has described as false and baseless, allegations that Uganda shunned Kenya's candidate Amina Mohammed as chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Favourites Amina Mohammed and Senegal's Abdoulaye Bathily early this week Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad in the race for Africa's top diplomatic job. 

Mahamat, Chad's minister of foreign affairs replaces South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

After the elections in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Kenyan media reported that Uganda had failed to support the the East African candidate.

Now Kutesa says he was personally leading the campaign for Amina Mohammed, stating that he was the first to endorse the Kenyan minister when Uganda withdrew the candidature of former vice president Dr Specioza Kazibwe.
 
He says despite having other candidates in the race they rooted for Mohammed since she was representing the East African Community. 

He said Mohammed was eliminated in the the sixth round when she failed to secure the two-thirds of the votes which saw her eliminated. A candidate is supposed to secure 36 of the 54 votes by the heads of state.

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Kutesa says Mohammed was a plausible and good candidate, but the African Union members decided otherwise.

The AU was supposed to pick its chairperson last year in Kigali, Rwanda, but this was postponed as the candidates failed to meet the required two-thirds majority. 
 

 

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