African Leaders Urged To Support New AUC Chairperson

By Samuel Ssebuliba

African Union member states have been asked to fund the union instead of depending on donor support if the newly appointed AU commissions chairman is to perform to their expectation.

Last week African heads of state voted Chad’s foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahama as the new head of the African Union Commission after beating Kenya’s Amina Muhammad.

Speaking to KFM, Ambassador Harold Acemah, an international relations consultant says inadequate funding has always left the commission in the hands of well-wishers hence limiting its activities.

He said that if member states do not take up full funding of the union, it will remain dormant.

Currently many of the AU activities including peace keeping missions, running of the commission activities and others are funded by both European Union and the United Nations.