BREAKING NEWS: DR Speciosa Wandera Kazibwe Nominated for the Post of...

BREAKING NEWS: DR Speciosa Wandera Kazibwe Nominated for the Post of Chairperson, AU Commission.

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AIDE MEMOIRE -DR SPECIOSA KAZIBWE WANDIRA

CANDIDATE FOR CHAIRPERSON, AU COMMISSION (2016-2020)

Dr Wandira has been endorsed by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uganda

and the Eastern African Region as their Candidate for the post of Chairperson, AU

Commission.

Dr Wandira is a physician and trained social scientist, veteran politician, diplomat and

Pan Africanist. In 2013 she served as Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the

United Nations for HIV/AIDS in Africa and is currently a member of the African Union

Panel on the Wise, one of the critical pillars of the Peace and Security Architecture of

the African Union.

As Executive Vice President of the Republic of Uganda for a total of 9 years – beginning

1994, and the first Woman Vice President in Africa, Dr Wandira oversaw government

restructuring and pragmatic economic reforms that are credited with delivering

commendable economic growth rates for Uganda that continue to this date. She was

also at the forefront of efforts to find lasting solutions to regional conflicts, facilitating and

mediating conflicts in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Sudan and

Somalia.

Dr Wandira served as Deputy Minister for Industry and Technology (1989-1991) and as

Cabinet Minister forWomen in Development, Culture and Youth (1991-1993),

spearheadingthe first and internationally acclaimed multi-sectoral strategy to contain the

spread of HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

Impassioned by the Pan Africanist ideal, and steeped in the understanding that Africa

needs African solutions to African problems, Dr Wandira has traversed the African

continent mobilizing governments to embrace gender policies that involve women and

young people in peace building and conflict resolution mechanisms.

Dr Wandira will draw from her vast international experience and global networks to

mobilize Africa to take charge of her destiny through crystalizing Africa’s vision of ‘an

integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing

a dynamic force in the global arena’.

Born on 1 July 1955 in Uganda, Dr Wandira holds a Doctor of Science (DSc) in

Populations and Global Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, USA, (2009),

a Master of Medicine (MMed-Surgery) (1987) and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor

of Surgery (MBCh.B) (1979) from Makerere University Kampala.

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

KAMPALA

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