Dlamini- Zuma to step down as AU Chairperson

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Dr Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma is stepping down as the chairperson of the African Union Commission, after four and a half years.

Her position is among those, which will be hotly contested during the African Union commission elections due at the end of this month.

Dr Dlamini -Zuma was elected chairperson in 2012.

She will be remembered for focusing on the rights of women, increasing the participation of women at the commission and in various AU activities.

Africa’s development plan, the Agenda 2063 is also one of her main legacies.

The blue print seeks to lay out various ways of developing the country within the next 50 years.

She also emphasized on the need for a borderless continent – a dream she hopes can be achieved through the launch of the African passport.

The continental body relies heavily on donor funding to run its affairs. Towards the end of her tenure, the AU Heads of State summit passed a relation that will see African countries finance the continental bodies affairs with a 2% import levy.

She also set up a commission led by Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame to come up with ways of reforming the AU.

On silencing the guns, the unsuccessful resolution of the Burundi and South Sudan conflicts is likely to blot her record at the AU.

The continental body working with the West African regional bloc was successful in ensuring a peaceful handover of power in Gambia.

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– By Sarah Kimani