And as a substitute of highlighting such a powerful vote of confidence in his efficiency, Mussa Faki Mahamat selected to emphasise the Unity of the continent behind him.
Noteworthy is the growing presence of girls on the helm of the continental physique. After Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the trailblazer and first feminine chairperson of the fee, six years in the past, and at the moment, a 50 p.c feminine quota is now necessary. Commissioners have to be gender-balanced to incorporate one man and one girl from every area, and certainly provided that the Chairperson was working unopposed, solely feminine candidatures have been acquired for the submit of Vice-President.
Three robust feminine candidates from East Africa competed, Advocate Hasna Barkat Daoud from Djibouti, Dr. Pamela Mbabazi from Uganda and Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa from Rwanda.
I’ve recognized Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa for a few years and I additionally had a possibility to work together with her Ugandan protagonist Dr. Pamela Mbabazi. All I can say is that Africa had been lacking out on its good daughters. That adjustments now! Clearly, when the Rwandan emerged victorious, her opponents took it gracefully and supplied their congratulations and help; one other first.
‘We’re witnessing the tip of an period’, a pal remarked, the Peace and Safety Commissioner isn’t Algerian? I believed they occupied the place for all times.’ Removed from a jab on Algerians, the commentator was highlighting the fluidity of the brand new course of with no preserves nor favours.
Deeply humbled by the overwhelming and historic vote of confidence by AU Member States by voting 51 out 55 to increase my mandate on the helm of the AUC Fee for one more 4 years. My congratulations to @mnsanzabaganwa who was elected as deputy Chairperson. Collectively we WILL. pic.twitter.com/vyf2tCbwSW
— Moussa Faki Mahamat (@AUC_MoussaFaki) February 6, 2021
For the aim of the younger ones: the African Union Fee (secretariat of the AU) began in Sirte, Libya, the start village of late Muammar Gadhafi in 2002. Ivorian Amara Essy served one yr as interim and in 2003, upon the creation of the AU, late Malian President Alpha Omar Konare was elected and serve one time period, then Jean Ping adopted and served one time period adopted by Dlamini Zuma who additionally served one time period.
The reforms have given knowledgeable strategy to the method: Competence scores are assessed by an African consulting agency alongside a regional consultants’ committee which filters candidates earlier than their profiles are accepted and subsequently submitted to the Meeting. Though, as a Rwandan I’ve a bias on the end result, to cite my politics professor, ‘the most effective elections are those that I win’, I need to commend knowledgeable course of.
As soon as a bottleneck hindering reforms, the Everlasting Representatives Committee (Ambassadors to the AU) has been received over to the reforms. In consequence, most reforms have been applied, together with probably the most contentious ones the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), the 0.2% levy on eligible imports to finance the African Union, and the electoral course of.
Alas! it wasn’t a mattress of roses on the AU final month. President Kagame used agency phrases to specific exasperation on the stalling the final lap of his reforms, particularly, the Judicial Organs, Pan-African Parliament and the fee’s constructions, defining Regional Financial Communities (RECs). I believe the president was hinting that he wish to get the method over with. With that in thoughts I consider that by the following AU Summit, we shall be listening to of the phasing out of the reform committee as all can have been applied.
I couldn’t finish with out congratulating, once more, our sister Dr. Nsanzabaganwa Monique. Pricey Dr. Monique, please carry them the most effective of Rwanda.
Under the elected AU Commissioners: