• May 27, 2024
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Zimbabwe backs Raila’s AU chairperson bid

Zimbabwe backs Raila’s AU chairperson bid

Saturday, 27 April, 2024
McCreadie Andias

Zimbabwe has agreed to support Kenya’s AU chairmanship bid by supporting the Candidacy of Raila Odinga.

This comes after President William Ruto candid engagement with his Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa during his state visit to Zimbabwe where he lobbied support for Raila’s Candidacy.

Kenya has presented its candidature for AUC Chairperson for 2025 – 2028.

The African Union executive council unanimously accepted the East African region AU Candidacy bid for the position of chairperson.

President Ruto said Kenya candidature is informed by the role that the country plays in enhancing the Pan – African Agenda.

“I am assured that Kenya and Zimbabwe will persist in conferring and backing each other on multitude issues of bilateral, regional and continental significance alongside the African Union
Agenda 2063,” said President Ruto.

President Ruto said the two countries have a deep understanding which underpins our mutual support over the years in diverse arenas.

“Based on this, I wish to declare Kenya’s unreserved support for Zimbabwe’s readmission to the Commonwealth, and for the African Union’s call for the immediate lifting of all illegal sanctions against the Republic of Zimbabwe,” said President Ruto.

Several other candidates from the East African region have officially submitted their AU chairperson bid including former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete.

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