Former Uganda vice president Specioza Wandira Kazibwe’s campaign for the African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson slot has been bolstered with Nigeria supporting her bid.
The West African nation officially wrote to Dr Kazibwe expressing approval of her credentials for the job and confidence in her ability to steer the 54-member state organization, founded in 1963, then called Organization of African Unity (OAU) by 32 post colonial African states.
The Uganda government has allocated USh3.5billion to facilitate the candidate’s hunt for the coveted job.
Sources close to the AUC chairperson election process said that some African leaders have expressed reservations about Dr Kazibwe’s character and personality, seen by some as scoring low on diplomatic stature required of the job.
Dr Kazibwe said in an interview she started her campaign late last month with approval from 14 countries in Eastern Africa whom President Museveni, her chief campaigner, had reached out to.
The trio will be elected at the AU summit to be held from July 10-18 in Kigali, Rwanda by an electoral college of the 54 member heads of state.