Botswana: SADC's AU candidate remains optimistic

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s Foreign Affairs Minister and candidate for the office of the Chairperson of African Union (AU), Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, remains optimistic to grab the post whose elections are slated for next year.

“I want to make our mother continent a better place for all starting January 2017. This is our time; Africa deserves the very best,” Dr. Venson-Moitoi said Tuesday.

Despite news coming from the AU headquarters that six candidates have already put forward their names for consideration as the next Chairperson of the AU, Dr Venson-Moitoi remains upbeat.

“What an encouraging time to be an African when so many great candidates can be put forward, all ready to sacrifice their time and energy towards building a more prosperous, united and proud continent,” she said

Dr. Venson-Moitoi said the diverse pool of candidates is a reflection of the fact that "there is no shortage of ideas or commitment to take our great Union forward. The challenge for all of us remains the need to convert our ideals and aspirations into practical actions that are of tangible benefit to all Africans.”

Dr Venson-Moitoi hopes to leverage from her experience of working for at the highest level of governance in Botswana.

“It is this administrative experience, of balancing diverse needs and popular expectations, which I wish to now bring to the position of the next AU chair.”

The AU elections were shifted to next January after majority vote was not attained in July elections.
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18 october 2016 12:41:52

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