July 26, 2013

Egyptian Government On Mission to Save AU Seat

In a bid to retain their seat at the African Union, Egypt has embarked on an African continent wide mission to garner support for their cause.

The African Union suspended Egypt from all its activities on the 5th of this month after the Egyptian military overthrew the elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

Ambassador Mona and Charge de Affairs
Ambassador Mona and Egyptian Charge de Affairs Muhammad

In a statement, Admore Kambudzi secretary of the Security Council stated that as mandated by the relevant AU instruments, the AU Peace and Security Council decided to suspend the participation of Egypt in AU activities until the restoration of constitutional order. Suspension is the AU’s usual response to any interruption of constitutional rule by a member state.

Ambassador Mona Omar, the Egyptian special Presidential envoy, after a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni Fiday said their mission is to make people aware and understand the reality that is in Egypt.

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi
Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi

According to her, the aim of the new government is to liberate Egyptians through democracy and development from the Muslim Brotherhood.

Mona says her government is disturbed by information being spread around by some news channels which they say was the basis for the AU to suspend them.

She claims that some news channels take aerial view pictures stating that it’s a half the population, yet it’s just a group out of the 93 million Egyptians and business is proceeding as usual.

She will be travelling to Kenya, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Rwanda and Seychelles.

The special Presidential envoy reveals that there are about five special presidential envoys covering the whole Africa.  They want to convince all African heads that what happened in Egypt is not a coup de tat against Ex-President Morsi.

The African Union will also be sending a group of eminent persons to Egypt from the 27th to 30th of August to carry out a peace assessment study and make a report for discussion for the next AU sitting.

These include former Mali President Professor Alpha Oumar Konaré, Former Botwsana President Festus Mohai and former Djibouti Prime Minister Dileita Mohamed Dileita.

Egypt’s military toppled Morsi and reportedly put him under house arrest and rounded up some of his top supporters. Mona today said, he is facing a treason charge and they shall keep him until they are sure he has no case to answer.

The Special Presidential envoy states that they are very keen on national reconciliation and have created a ministry for it.

Meanwhile Elly Kamahungye the spokesperson Ministry of Foreign Affairs Uganda was confident that the 400 Ugandan students in Egypt are safe.

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