Details of how Amina Mohamed lost African Union Commission election
SEE ALSO :Raila appointed AU special envoy"That 16 countries abstained is a clear manifestation of that division. So the Chadian candidate has a big job to unify the continent. I think we are now divided more than we ever were," she said. Gender also worked against her as the outgoing chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, whose term ended on Monday, is female and some countries, particularly from West Africa, thought it was not fair to have a woman succeed her. Sources familiar with the intrigues that determined the vote pointed out to The Standard that South Africans wanted their South African Development Community (SADC) candidate Pelonomi Moitoi from Botswana to replace Dr Zuma, who refused a second term. When they realised their preferred candidate was losing in the first round after scoring 10 votes, some abstained in subsequent voting rounds or supported the winner. "We felt we could serve a second term but we didn't vote for Amina because we feel she is so close to her president that this might cloud her judgement as she could use the position to advance Kenya's rather than Africa's agenda," said a diplomat from South Africa who did not wish to be named.
SEE ALSO :What Raila's new Africa job meansThe diplomat said Amina's push to have Africa withdraw from the International Criminal Court was wrong for the continent as it would encourage African leaders to make mistakes knowing they would not be punished. Kenya's National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale also blamed the division on languages, pointing out that Muslim and Francophone countries voted differently because of the different languages. good fight But he congratulated Amina, saying she had put up a good fight and carried Kenya's flag high. He defended the budget used for her lobbying, terming it normal. "Every country, including Botswana and Chad, had a budget for their candidates and out of these five candidates, only one could have won. The budget is transparent and I am sure it will come up in the budget supplementary estimates, and we will defend it," the Garissa Township legislator said. AU insiders said Mahamat was poised to win because his president, Idriss Deby, is the immediate former AU chairman, who was replaced by Guinea's President Alpha Conde. Amina lost to Mahamat in the seventh round, after leading with 16 votes against Chad's candidate who had 14 votes in the first round. In round two, Amina slipped and scored 17 votes against Chad's candidate who managed 24 votes. In round six, 15 heads of state and government abstained, giving Chad an unassailable lead of 39 votes.