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African Union Official Says Calls to Sideline Mugabe for AU Chair Misleading

FILE: Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses supporters at the elective congress in Harare, Zimbabwe, Dec. 4, 2014.

An African Inion official has dismissed as ill-informed, calls by some civil society groups against the possible election of President Robert Mugabe as the body’s new chair.

Deputy chair of the African Union Commission, Erastus Mwencha, says the AU rotates the regions from which chairs are picked, in a transparent and democratic process.

Further he says, since the election for a new chair will only take place over the weekend, there’s no certainty who the new chair will be.

Mwencha also questioned the motive of the civil society organizations under the banner of the Africa We Want Coalition, who are opposing Mr. Mugabe’s chairmanship citing allegations of poor human rights record and undemocratic practices.

Mwencha says the civil society groups are likely funded by the West, and not reflective of the sentiment of many Africans on the continent.

Mwencha tells Studio 7 there’s nothing questionable about the chairmanship election process, and those opposing Mr. Mugabe over human rights and other issues, should challenge the proper courts.

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