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Batswana spurn 9 AU posts

No other Motswana has come out, besides Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, to challenge for the other nine available positions in the African Union Commission (AUC), when it goes for elections in January 2017.

The AU nomination process reopened on the 10th of August and will close when Botswana goes for Independence Day on September 30th.

At AU, the Commission is the head of secretariat of the continental bloc and its chairperson is its Chief Executive Officer, legal representative and Accounting Officer, according to Article 7 of the Commission’s statutes.

The Chairperson is also directly responsible to the Executive Council for the discharge of her duties.  This is the position that Venson-Moitoi is challenging for.

The other 9 available positions in the AUC include Deputy Chairperson and 8 Commissioner positions. Only one Southern African; Anthony Mothae Maruping from Lesotho is currently one of the 8 commissioners. Maruping is Commissioner for Economic Affairs and was elected in 2013.   

The remaining commissioners include Commissioner for Peace and Security, Algerian Smail Chergui elected in October 2013 and Nigerian, Aisha Abdullahi who is Commissioner for Political Affairs, elected in July 2012.

Others are Egyptian, Elham Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim who is Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, elected in January 2008 and re-elected again in July 2012 for a second term.

Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko from Sierra Leone is Commissioner for Social Affairs and was elected in July 2012 while Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Fatima Haram Acyl from Chad was elected in July 2012.

Tumusiime Rhoda Peace of Uganda was elected in January 2008 and re-elected in July 2012 for a second term as Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture while Martial De-Paul Ikounga of Congo was elected in January 2013 for position of Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology.

All the positions are technically vacant and the elections are scheduled to be held during the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, scheduled for 30-31 January, 2017, at AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where Venson-Moitoi is gunning for the Chairperson post.

AUC’s current Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma recently had her mandate prolonged following a hung election at AU’s Kigali summit in June.

Dlamini-Zuma’s decision not to run for a second term has been interpreted as the most potent sign yet of her ambition to challenge South African Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa for the Presidency of the African National Congress (ANC) and henceforth the State.

Thus  far Dlamini-Zuma reportedly has the backing of the ANC youth league, it’s  women’s wing as well as a supposedly influential lobby group calling itself the ‘Premier League’, led by Premiers of three provinces of Mpumalanga, Free State and North West.

The Premier League team consists of Ace Magashule, Supra Mahumapelo and David Mabuza who are Premiers and ANC Chairpersons of the Free State, North West and Mpumalanga Provinces respectively.

Colourfully hinting at their rejection of Ramaphosa, ANC youth league leader Collen Maine was recently quoted as saying in South African media: “What we will pursue is the constitution of the ANC. It says any member of the ANC can elect and be elected. If there is some history that if you were whatever you can automatically proceed, thina [us] we are not driving automatic cars. We are driving the constitution.

“There may be some precedents, but some precedents are wrong. We will not fall into traps of precedence; we will apply the constitution.” Maine said.

According to the rules of procedure of the Assembly and Executive Council, the Statutes of the Commission as well as Modalities for the Election of Members of the Commission, the candidatures for the posts of the Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and the Commissioners are required to be circulated to Member States at least three (3) months before the election.

The re-opening of the process allows for both the former candidates, as well as new candidates to run for any of the ten 10 positions. In accordance with the Note Verbale sent to Member States, the process is such that the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson’s candidatures should be submitted to the Commission (Office of the Legal Counsel, in sealed envelopes) on or before 30 September 2016.

For the remaining 8 Commissioners Member States should have submitted their candidatures to their respective regions on or before 19 August 2016 to pave way for regional consultations which when finalized, the regions should submit their candidatures to the office of the legal counsel for the AU Commission (in sealed envelopes) on or before 16 September 2016;

So far the region has one individual vying for position of Commissioner from Lesotho believed to be Maruping.

Venson-Moitoi told WeekendPost this week that she has not yet tended her candidature but will do so before the September 30th deadline.

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Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.

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