His Excellency Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia has congratulated Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad for being formally endorsed as African Union Commission Chairperson through a two-thirds majority vote in his favour during the just ended two-day 34th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government held virtually.
And the President has congratulated Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa of Rwanda on her election as Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission.
President Lungu also extends his congratulations to Ambassador Albert Muchanga for his re-election as African Union (AU) Commissioner for Economic Development, Trade, Industry and Mining.
“Ambassador Muchanga’s re-election is a victory not just for himself, but for Zambia. I, therefore, wish to encourage other Zambians to vie for International jobs,” the President says.
The President is confident that the office bearers are equal to the task and will be able to steer the African Union agenda to another level, especially, at the height of many challenges including, the Covid-19 pandemic that continues to confront the African continent.
“There is urgent need for the African continent to drive its own agenda and, particularly, the African Union Institutional Reform process. I am therefore confident that Mr. Mahamat, his deputy and other office bearers of the Commission will make significant contribution to the AU Commission, in particular and the African Union in general,” says the President.
Other Commissioners, the President extends his congratulations to are:
1. Angola’s Ambassador Ms. Josefa Leonel Coreeia Sacko, who was re-elected as Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Development;
2. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid from Egypt, re-elected Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy; and
3. Ambassador Dr. Bankole Adegboyega Adeoye, elected Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security.
For the position of AU Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation , the incumbent will continue until elections are held during the 39th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council in June, this year.
The incumbent Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development also continues until elections are held during the next session of the African Union Assembly.
This is according to a statement issued in Lusaka by Special Assistant to the President Press and Public Relations Mr. Isaac Chipampe.
Public Relations Unit
Ministry of Foreign Affairs