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Foreign ministers from EAC during their meeting in Nairobi on Saturday. / Courtesy

The East African Community has agreed to collectively campaign and lobby other African countries in support of Kenya’s bid for the African Union Commission chairperson job.

Kenya has fronted Dr Amina Mohammed, the cabinet secretary for foreign affairs and international trade, for the AU Commission chair.

The decision was reached at the weekend by Ministers for Foreign Affairs from the regional bloc following a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, hosted by Dr Augustine Mahiga, the chairperson of the EAC Council of Ministers.

Foreign Affairs minister Louise Mushikiwabo also attended the meeting.

In a tweet on her timeline on Saturday, Mushikiwabo said the meeting in Nairobi aimed at coordinating the bloc’s campaign for Mohammed.

According to a post-meeting statement issued after the sessions in Nairobi, the ministers directed the EAC Secretariat to convey the decision to all African regional economic communities to solicit their support.

“The ministers reiterated the endorsement of the candidature of Amb. Amina Mohamed as the EAC candidate for the position of chairperson of the African Union Commission. The ministers further agreed to collectively campaign and lobby other African Union countries for their support,” the statement reads in part.

Mohammed’s nomination was announced by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta last month.

She is expected to battle it out against Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, from Botswana, and Agapito Mba Mokuy of Equatorial Guinea during the African Union summit slated for January.

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