Kenya has formally put forward its candidate for the position of African Union Commission Chair. The East African country’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, made the announcement recently. The country’s candidate is the current Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed.
Kenya’s President has voiced his support for Amina Mohamed, and focused on the role she has played in taking on national, regional, and continental issues.
The AU Commission will elect a new chair in January. It could not elect a chair earlier as the previous crop of candidates failed to gain enough votes. Current chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is due to step down.
The Commission is composed of a chairperson, deputy chairperson and eight commissioners, plus staff. The Assembly elects the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson for renewable four-year terms and appoints the Commissioners, who are elected by the Executive Council for four-year mandates.
As of January 2014, the Commission had 1444 staff including those at Headquarters and regional offices. The Chairperson of the Commission is the Chief Executive Officer, legal representative of the AU and the Commission’s Accounting Officer. The Chairperson is directly responsible to the Executive Council for the discharge of his or her duties.