PAF decries negative campaigning on Anglophone AU leadership candidates

Dr Amina Mohamed, Kenya's Foreign Minister who is the East African Community's choice to replace Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as AU Commission Chairperson.
Dr Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s Foreign Minister who is the East African Community’s choice to replace Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as AU Commission Chairperson.

By Jessica A Badebye
The Pan African Forum (PAF) has condemned in the strongest terms possible the negative campaign being conducted against East Africa’s African Union Commission (AUC) leadership candidate Dr Amina Mohamed and other Anglo speaking candidates by the current AU chairman and Chadian President Idriss Derby.

The East African country of Kenya has been lobbying President Derby hard for its candidate following the negative campaign against her by Chad which has also fronted a candidate in the name of Moussa Faki Mahamat for the same position. This matter has not been taken lightly by PAF as raised by its Chairman Dr David Nyekorach Matsanga in a statement The London Evening Post is privy to. Dr Matsanga who is currently attending the ongoing AU 28th Summit in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, pointed out that negative campaign kills the spirit of free and fair election in the union.

He reiterated that the quality of candidates for AU leadership was wanting and presented a huge problem for heads of state and government to choose from, while the 27th Summit in Kigali, Rwanda last in July 2016. Dr Matsanga argued that the case is not the same in Addis Ababa, because the candidates presented are hardworking and courageous especially Dr Mohamed who has already pulled huge investments and conferences to Africa. He observed that while other candidates have made contributions to individual capacities, Kenya’s foreign Minister has already proven that she is a person with a global antenna considering the international conferences she has brought to Africa including Japan (TICAD), UNTCAD, Pope’s Visit, Former US President Obama visit among others.

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