Botswana: SADC's AU candidate intensifies campaign

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s foreign affairs minister and candidate of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for the African Union (AU) chairperson position, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, has intensified her campaign ahead of the election.

Dikgang Phillip Makgalemele, campaign chairperson of Dr. Venson-Moitoi, on Tuesday said in Gaborone that the SADC candidate’s endeavour to demonstrate inclusivity was bearing fruits.

“We have more than doubled our efforts that got us the lead at Kigali, with inclusion at the heart of our campaign approach. I am confident that Dr. Venson-Moitoi will return to SADC as Chair of the AU,” said Makgalemele.

He said the candidate has visited over 30 countries in person or through her campaign team, since the last AU Chair elections in June 2016 in Kigali.

“Dr. Venson-Moitoi’s campaign has also ensured she attended all major summits where African leadership convened. She has engaged widely, with as many as 15 presidents of African countries in just the last weekend,” Makgalemele said.

He said Dr. Venson-Moitoi’s was doing what was expected of any pan-African candidate - engaging widely across all nations on the continent.

“We believe that our proactive outreaches are building towards stronger inter-continental ties that will serve Africa’s developmental interests going forward.”

The election of the new Chairperson will be held as part of the 28th AU Summit in Addis Ababa, from the 22-31 January 2017. The election takes place on the final day of the summit, for the role of Chairperson as well as a number of other roles within the AU.
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24 january 2017 07:19:20

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