Southern Africa discuss AU chief vote

2012-02-11 22:23

Cape Town - Southern African foreign ministers met on Saturday to discuss the recent deadlocked polls for a new African Union head and to chart the regional bloc's strategy for the next vote.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting was called at short notice after last month's AU vote failed to secure victory for its candidate, former South African foreign minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

"Our agenda is going to be very short, we don't have many things to discuss but we have some very important things to debate," Angola's Foreign Minister Rebelo Pinto Chikoti said in his opening remarks.

After consultation, the ministers will "make good proposals for heads of state who will be eventually taking some of our proposals further on to other meetings at African Union level", Chikoti added.

An evaluation of the January polls and the strategy for the next vote were listed on the agenda of the meeting, also attended by the foreign ministers from South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia and Mozambique.

Last month's tightly contested AU race saw Gabon's Jean Ping, who has headed the African Union Commission since 2008, unable to obtain the required two-thirds majority in a tight race with Dlamini-Zuma.

Ping's mandate was extended until the AU's next summit in June in Malawi.

The vote was preceded by intense campaigns, with Ping counting on support from French-speaking West and Central Africa countries, and Pretoria lobbying across Africa for Dlamini-Zuma who was backed by the 15-member SADC.

  • Max - 2012-02-11 22:53

    Why would someone want to be the chief of the AU? It is like a bunch of pre-school children deciding who's turn it is to play in the sandpit. The AU has no influence in the world and especially in Africa where their resolutions and decisions are not even worth the paper it is written on. These clowns never seize to amaze.

      Michael - 2012-02-11 23:29

      They are so horribly deluded, thick and arrogant, they seriously think that they hold sway over world matters. Despite the au having never, ever accomplished anything, despite the au being toothless, and despite the au resembling a circus, filled with clowns chasing chickens, they still somehow think that the world watches with baited breath.

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-02-11 23:50

      The perfect candidate for this hullaballoo show is our ex league president.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-12 00:05

      @ Ekfeugo.. You either have an extremely good sense of humour or you need serious and extensive mental care. Mind you, on second thought you may just be right. They are a bunch of retarded clowns and he would fit in perfectly. Problem is they don't issue tenders.. just talk a lot of bull.

      Fidel - 2012-02-13 22:03

      The AU resolved last year not to honour the ICC warrants of the ex Libyian leader. The AU does not want to have influence on the world but Africa. Most of you suffer from an inherent colonial mindset that likes to dictate to others. The AU is not the EU! The problems and challenges it faces are different to those of other regional powers.

  • Steward - 2012-02-12 01:01

    Doesn't it stand for Absolutely Useless? Bigger bunch of oxygen thieves I can't imagine.

  • IrvinMan - 2012-02-12 06:20

    The minister Nkosazana Zuma Dlamini is a talented and innovative leader who makes things happen. Why then take one of the few performing minsters in the country to AU.The country needs her inside than in the AU.

      brieuse - 2012-02-12 08:07


  • Toze.Pina - 2012-02-12 14:33

    This group harbours one of the worst violators of human rights, democratic principles and election codes - Zimbabwe - and keeps its mouth shut about it, what moral right do they have to discuss whatever else afflicting the continent???

  • Michael McN - 2012-02-13 20:27

    If the AU fails to lead because it has had toothless leadership, give it teeth. Don't send castoffs or rivals to state leaders to do the job. Make it matter and it WILL matter. And when it matters, it will get important things done.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-16 08:12

    I'm not amazed that it's white people posting those nasty comments about Africa...European union works because its people believe in their leaders and they have money to mend any problem. AU is disfunctional because of Asia and Europe's francophones and Anglophones pulling on opposite directions inorder to access minerals easily and lack of economic power to help each other. Maybe it will work oneday when minerals are depleted...

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