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Why South Sudan failed to support Kenyan candidature for AU chair

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Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed speaks, during a Reuters interview in capital Nairobi April 7, 2015.
January 31, 2017 (JUB) -A high level diplomat in South Sudan claimed on Tuesday that neighbouring Kenya could not get a full support it requires from the leadership of the country to win the African Union chair due to difference between the team members.

Kenya’s Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed lost to Chad’s top diplomat Moussa Faki Mahamat after seven rounds of voting. Burundi, Uganda, Djibouti, and Sudan supported the second because of their interests or against Kenya.

According to a South Sudanese diplomat, Juba also had joined these East African countries that broke their pledges and supported the Chadian foreign minister of the central region at the expense of the candidate eastern region.

“It was indeed painful and diplomatic farce that Kenya could not get a full support from our team, even when the president had given his word on the candidacy of the Kenyan nominee,” a top diplomat told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday when asked to comment on why Kenya failed.

“The president needs to take corrective action because reflects negatively on the image of the country in which he is the chief diplomat,” he further said.

He said he personally felt the pain and diplomatic humiliation which Kenyan government and its delegation could not come with it, claiming there were actual tears shed by the Kenyan delegation when it became clear that Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed would not become Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

“I saw how President Uhuru Kenyatta hurriedly left the African Union headquarters before the results were announced. It was because he did not want diplomatic embarrassment but because of foreign relations, he decided to leave behind his Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu to wish the new AU Chair Moussa Mahamat the very best in his new posting and express a willingness to work together toward reform”.

The Kenyan presidential spokesperson, according to the South Sudanese diplomat, had to put a brave diplomatic face on a bitter loss considering the effort the delegation headed by the president exerted during lobbying and before summit during which it had to send envoys to each and every member state of the African Union for support.

“We pledge to work with him to defend the pan-African agenda of integration for Africa, as well as democracy, sovereignty and prosperity for all of its people, said Manoah, spokesman of Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta during the announcement of the result in favour of the Chadian candidate.

Several sources in Addis Ababa said Faki had the advantage of previously holding a senior position at the African Union, as had previously chaired the AU’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council.

Observers went to point to the strong economic and political cooperation among the countries of the Central and Western regions in Africa symbolised by use of one currency CFA Franc, the use of French language, and the fight against terrorism. While the Eastern region is marred by divisions and political instability with poor relations with the Southern region or Northern regions.

However, another South Sudanese official disputed the claim of the split vote, claiming the actual reason for which Kenya failed to win the vote was that countries like Uganda and Burundi did not support Kenya’s bid for the post during the final vote.

"I don’t think this allegation is true because I know that our team cooperated well and tried to rally behind the word of the president. He pledged his support to Kenyan candidate which we did during the lobbying. There were countries which we asked to wait for other opportunities and to stand with the Kenyan government, its delegation and their president to support their candidate. What I know is that Uganda and Burundi failed to provide their support to Kenya in the final vote," said an official who accompanied President Salva Kiir to African Union summit.

He explained Kenyan candidate Amina Mohamed made it in the first three rounds of voting which left her and Mohamat standing but ended up losing to him in the second and final round by three votes with one abstention: 28-25.

The seventh vote provided the Chadian candidate with the opportunity to garner the two-thirds majority required to be officially winner and he got 38 votes after South African Development Community decided to abandon the race for west and eastern African countries.

(ST)

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  • 1 February 09:21, by Bilpam- 2

    Thief has failed to get that position.Thanks all other Africans countries’representatives for voting the thief out.

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    • 2 February 09:17, by Mayom County Troops

      what a hell Kenya are you talking about ?
      Kenya you need good cooperation with South Sudan , after that you will be supported by South Sudan Govt by all means .

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  • 1 February 09:32, by Fair Man

    Congratulations for returning home with failures, you Kenyans. Check your human right records and respect the international law, particularly your obligations to protect refugees and political dissidents. Humiliation shall be the treatment of a corrupted country. The AU could have done harm by letting you take the top Chair of the continent, when you are mobilizing for ICC withdrawal!

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  • 1 February 09:59, by Kush Natives

    How can Kenyan blamed South Sudan for the failure, if Western, Central Countries voted for the candidate, except for South Africa? African leaders must learn a system, where in a world can a single country win the vote among the majority vote? Kenya must comprehends that as well, that wasn’t a war, it was a vote! Therefore, South Sudan had no choice rather then siding with majority. AU isn’t endi

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    • 1 February 14:04, by koang mi kei

      only one thing kenyan know is how to cheat their colleague and run away with huge sum of money forgetting the cost of theft in their lifestyle, why do they blame Salvatore Kiir for making them fail that is game of theft enjoy the money STD give you to deport south Sudan to the corrupted government shame on you it not be this alone nothing you shall enjoy in Africa you fool

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    • 1 February 14:23, by NyanDengdit

      Kenyan need cooperation with East Africa countries otherwise you will keep failing for any position in AU.

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    • 1 February 18:08, by nuer food lovers

      south sudan is the softest target for kenya to scapegoat their inter-continental diplomatic failure .kenyan had came lower in Africa, the only country behind her is only south sudan..thief..mawiizii yootee ya kenya

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  • 1 February 10:10, by Sadam Kuikoy

    @ Coward Kenyan, Why should South Sudan support your candidature for AU chair thieves? you are best known for being a thieves, adultery, and corruptions only, we are even against your coward troops coming back to south Sudan.Let El Shabab dealt with your coward troops there in Somalia.Useless!

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  • 1 February 14:08, by Dengda

    Kenya lost international trust under leadership of Uhuru Kenyatta, what a naïve comment from that diplomat who called for the president to take action against those who didn’t support Kenya Candidate, it was democratic right process to vote for or against anything, not Juba where everything go in direction of president or yes H.E, Kenya pull it troop from international duties, deported dissents

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  • 2 February 06:57, by jengelon

    Bravo South Sudan Kenya is a diseased country it cant be a life mistake to handover such Org. like AU to thieves of corrupted country like Kenya Uhoru is a Gang Master & Amina is his bitch look what they had done to South Sudan they grape, steal, & loot all our resources we’l not leave them to run away we’l chase them on their way to Hell keep fucking their daughters AMEN

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