By KBC Reporters
Foreign Affairs Minister Amina Mohammed has lost her bid to chair the African union Commission.
Amina lost to Mousa Faki Mahamat of Chad in a vote that stretched to seven rounds at a session of the 28th African Union Summit.
At round five Mahamat scored 28 votes against Amina’s 25 and round six Mahamat had 39 with rest abstaining.
Uganda and Burundi did not vote to support Amina’s candidature. Kenya has since congratulated Mahamat and has pledged to work with him.
“Kenya congratulates him on a race well won. We pledge to work with him to defend the pan-African agenda of integration for Africa, as well as democracy, sovereignty and prosperity for all of its people,” a statement from statehouse spokesman said.
Kenya’s Ambassador Amina Mohammed ran a valiant race. Her candidacy marked the re-emergence of Kenya at the very heart of the pan-African project.
“Kenya is grateful for the strong campaign she ran, which put pan-African themes — of self-reliance, of sovereignty, of openness to trade — at its very heart. We thank her for her strong showing,” added the statement.
The Chairperson of the Commission is the Chief Executive Officer, legal representative of the AU and the Commission’s Accounting Officer. The Chairperson is directly responsible to the Executive Council for the discharge of his duties.
Mousa Faki Mahamat takes over from Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, South Africa who was elected in 2012.