How Kenyans reacted to Amina Mohamed’s failed AU post bid

How Kenyans reacted to Amina Mohamed’s failed AU post bid

News of Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed’s failed bid for the Africa Union Commission chairperson yesterday was greeted with almost widespread jubilation amid claims of misplaced priorities by the government.

Despite conducting a heavy campaign that took her across over 50 countries across Africa, Ambassador Mohamed came second to her Chad counterpart Moussa Faki Mahamat in a hotly contested race that took seven rounds to conclude.

Kenyans on social media however did not seem impressed that the government spent over Sh300 million in the failed bid in the face of ongoing strikes by doctors and university lecturers and the biting drought crisis that has afflicted 23 counties.

Using the hashtag #WhyAminaLost on Facebook and Twitter, they voiced out what they termed a ‘wake-up call’ to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration to focus on matters directly affecting Kenyans.

They also tore into neighbours Uganda after the country, which was expected to back Mohammed, also abandoned the  CS after the first round of the voting, further complicating her chances of becoming the continent’s top diplomat.


Although the Foreign Affairs CS led in the third and fourth rounds, the seat slipped away from her in the fifth round after three countries that had initially supported her withdrew their support in favour of her opponent.

Voting is done by the heads of State and Government from the continent.


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