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Thursday, 9 February 2012

ANALYSIS

An undecided AU hands Jean Ping 6 more months
By Fred Oluoch


The failure to elect the chairman of the African Union Commission in a meeting last week is an indication of the changing power dynamics in Africa, analysts say.


There are fears that some powerful Western nations, especially France, are seeking to influence events at the AU, but are meeting strong resistance from Anglophone countries led by South Africa.
After four rounds of voting, incumbent chairman Jean Ping failed to get two-thirds majority, after South Africa influenced countries from Central Africa such as Equatorial Guinea, Congo Brazzaville and Chad, plus French-speaking Mali, to support Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, South Africa's former foreign minister.
Such was the lobbying and horse trading that instead of following the tradition of handing over the commission's leadership to the next senior official in the commission, the deputy chairperson Erastus Mwencha, the assembly decided to extend the term of Mr Ping's team for six months.
Outgoing AU chairman Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea accused external powers of wanting to perpetuate their influence in Africa. There was suspicion among other African states that France was supporting Jean Ping.
South Africa seems to have seized the opportunity presented by the absence of former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi to become the centre of power in the AU, raising anxiety about the Big Brother syndrome.
The Zuma campaigns split West Africa and Central Africa, which were initially on Ping's side.
In East Africa, Tanzania and Uganda voted for Zuma, while Kenya led the campaigns for Ping. Notably, Ping was last year a great supporter of the Kenya government's efforts to defer the cases at the International Criminal Court.
Diplomatic sources say that Ping was confident of winning, banking on French-speaking West Africa that has the majority bloc, and Central Africa. But things changed two days to the elections following intense lobbying by some powerful nations.
Mr Ping got lip service from his home country Gabon, despite President Ali Bongo Ondimba having sent a delegation to President Robert Mugabe when he heard that Zimbabwe was likely to vote against Zuma. Ping's campaign was weighed down by the internal politics in his country of birth, Gabon.
The elections were unlike 2008, when Ping won in the first round. None of the candidates could garner the required 200 votes.
Major influences
Diplomatic sources from Addis Ababa argued that the voting was influenced by three geopolitical issues. The first was the feeling that some powerful English speaking countries in the West were supporting South Africa, against the unwritten rule that that economically powerful countries should not contest for leadership.
Again, some Western powers are anxious about the new China-AU partnership that saw the Asian economic giant finance the new $200 million headquarters in Addis Ababa. There is a growing feeling that AU could become too independent of its traditional donors under the influence of China.
Then there is the argument that Ping has not been entirely in charge of the continental body and that Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi has too much influence on the activities of the organisation.
Alpha Oumar Konaré, a former president of Mali was the first chairman of the commission.

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Love the article on Gaddafi
We must rise above tribalism & divide & rule of the colonialist who stole & looted our treasure & planted their puppets to lord it over us..they alone can decide on whosoever is performing & the one that is corrupt..but the most corrupt nations are the western countries that plunder the resources of other nations & make them poorer & aid the rulers to steal & keep such ill gotten wealth in their country..yemen,syria etc have killed more than gadhafi but its not A̷̷̴ good investment for the west(this is laughable)because oil is not in these countries..when obasanjo annihilated the odi people in rivers state, they looked away because its in their favour & interest..one day! Samosa Iyoha

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Interesting interview...
I think from what have been said, the Nigerian embassy here seem to be more concern about its nationals than we are for ourselves. Our complete disregard for the laws of Hungary isn't going to help Nigeria's image or going to promote what the Embassy is trying to showcase. So if the journalists could zoom-in more focus on Nigerians living, working and studying here in Hungary than scrutinizing the embassy and its every move, i think it would be of tremendous help to the embassy serving its nationals better and create more awareness about where we live . Taking the issues of illicit drugs and forged documents as typical examples.. there are so many cases of Nigerians been involved. But i am yet to read of it in e.news. So i think if only you and your journalists could write more about it and follow up on the stories i think it will make our nationals more aware of what to expect. I wouldn't say i am not impressed with your work but you need to be more of a two way street rather than a one way street . Keep up the good work... Sylvia

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