Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohamed has lost the election for African Union Commission chairperson to Chad’s Moussa Mahamat.
Amina, 56, lost to Mahamat after heads of state voted in seventh round. Mahamat had won 39 votes in the sixth round when 15 nations abstained. The country took the seventh round alone, Mahamat garnering 38 votes.
The two competed against Senegalese Dr Abdoulaye Bathily and Botswana’s Pelonomi Moitoi.The loss is a blow to Kenya as President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto has anticipated a win.
The government reached 51 out of 53 African Union member states to back.Mahamat takes over from South Africa’s Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma who has served for the last four years.
Dlamini-Zuma’s term as chairperson of the continental body ended in June after her term at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa.
Her tenure had been extended by six months to give potential candidates for the position time to canvass for votes.
This was after the African leaders failed to get a two thirds majority vote for