President Paul Kagame has reassured Africa that the team of eminent persons he recently named to lead efforts of to reform the African Union into a more credible and self reliant body will soon be joined by eminent female personalities as soon as they are confirmed.
President Kagame was given the assignment during the 27th AU Summit held in Kigali to lead the overhaul of the continental body.
At the beginning, president Kagame picked four delegates last week including Dr Carlos Lopes, outgoing Executive Director of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), former president of the African Development Bank Dr Donald Kaberuka to spearhead the process. Others are Econet Wireless founder Strive Masiyiwa and Cameroon’s Acha Leke, a senior partner at the global consultancy firm McKinsey & Company.
The two are said to have met the president earlier this month in Kigali to discuss the way forward. The delegation which didn’t include female representatives raised concerns as one of the followers of president Kagame on twitter, Ndagire Gladys questioned the choice void of female voice.
“Thank you for always advocating for women! Where are the women on this dream team?”She tweeted.
President Kagame replied that some women are to join the team.
“The team is not complete. Awaiting consent of two women to join the team.Thinking of 3, ” he tweeted back in reply.
President Kagame and the assigned team will draft a roadmap to reform the AU and drive the union towards financial autonomy.
- President Paul Kagame