By Victor Muyakane
Uganda has denied “betraying’ Kenya’s bid for AUC Chair.
In the aftermath of the recently concluded elections for the AU commission chair, there was significant debate over the supposed ‘betrayal’ of Kenya and her candidate Amb. Amina Mohammed at the last minute.
Immediately after the vote in which Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat won with a 3 vote win over presumed favourite Amb. Mohammed, it emerged that three East African countries changed their minds about support to Kenya and instead backed the Chadian minister, leading, presumably, to his win.
Uganda, Djibouti and Burundi had earlier declared their support for Kenya’s candidate only for this to change at the last minute.
The backlash led to Amb. Mohammed revealing that Kenya’s relationship with her neighbours would need to be ‘evaluated’-this to journalists in the very first interview after her loss.
Uganda has however been quick to issue a statement denying the alleged betrayal and affirming that they indeed supported Kenya’s failed bid.
“Uganda wishes to9 state categorically that our support for the candidature of Amb. (Dr) Amina Chawahir Mohammed before and during the elections was unequivocal….” The statement read in part.
The Ugandan foreign office also decried the media reports of the so called betrayal, terming them as unsubstantiated.
Smarting from the shock defeat after months of high level lobbying and numerous pledges of support, Amb. Mohammed expressed hers and the Kenyan government’s discomfort6 that perhaps the country did not enjoy the goodwill and support of her neighbours despite appearances. In fact, she was quoted to have said that appearances have proved to be deceptive.
“are we seen as friends or a threat by our neighbours?”, She posed, even as she expressed the belief that some of the ‘betrayers’ may have either felt threatened by Kenya or chose to decamp to the Chadian minister’s side in keeping with their well concealed interests.