National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale has blamed the civil society for the unfruitful campaign to land Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed the AU Commission chair position.
Speaking on Tuesday, the Garissa Township MP said that civil society led a parallel campaign aimed at convincing other African countries and the international community not to support Amina Mohamed.
Many theories have emerged to explain Amina’s defeat at the hand of Chad’s Moussa Faki Mahamat with many seeing it as a dent in Kenya’s stature as a regional force.
Amina lost to Mahamat after seven rounds of voting which saw countries shift camps with many countries, largely in the SADC bloc abstaining.
While some Kenyans have expressed disappointment with the results, others have seen it as an appropriate outcome, questioning the government’s priority on such issues.
Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale, speaking on NTV morning show on Tuesday, said the government had spent a lot of money to campaign for Amina Mohamed instead of focusing on dealing with national disasters.
“I believe in the spiritual powers in local and international events. The gods were offended because Jubilee government used funds, rumoured to be Ksh4.5 billion, to campaign for Amina Mohamed instead of addressing hunger issues and doctors’ strike,” said Khalwale.
Jubilee leaders, include Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe and his Kiambu counterpart Kimani Wamatangi said the results was a blow to Kenya and not just Jubilee.
“We should not look at this issue as Jubilee or CORD affair but as a national matter. Amina has done a lot for the country and the region and it was unfortunate that she did not clinch the position,” said Wamatangi.
Kagwe said that it was unfortunate that Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi did not to support Kenya’s bid adding that there should have been unity going into the vote.
“Amina held a great campaign and she deserved to win. It is unfortunate that Francophone countries wanted to take the seat from Southern African countries, and for them East Africa was not an option.
“We are disappointed that out neighbours at some point abandoned us,” said Mutahi Kagwe.
Political analyst Professor Herman Manyora accused Jubilee government of not reading the mood of the country saying it was wrong for President Uhuru Kenyatta to pump money into campaigning for Amina instead of seeking to end doctors’ strike and deal with the hunger situation in the country.
He also faulted the president for leaving to campaign for Amina Mohamed in Ethiopia just hour after Al Shabaab militia attacked a KDF camp at Kulbiyow in Somalia, killing more than 10 Kenyans soldiers.