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Tunisia backs Inonge for AU top post

Headlines Tunisia backs Inonge for AU top post

Tunisia has assured the Zambian government of its support for Zambia’s candidate for the position of African Union (AU) chairperson.

Receiving Dr Levy Mwanawasa’s message from his special envoy Mbita Chitala, Tunisia’s Foreign Affairs Abelouahab Abdalla said his government supports Zambia’s candidate Dr Inonge Mbikushia-Lewanika for the AU top post.

Mr. Adalla also assured the Zambian envoy that President Mwanawasa’s special message will be duly conveyed to the Tunisian President, Zine Abidine Ben Ali.

Ambassador Chitala has since proceeded to Mauritania on a similar mission.

Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika is currently Zambia’s Ambassador to the United States of America.

Before this appointment, she was Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Second Republican President during his term as Chairperson of the Organisation of African Unity.

Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika was a Member of Parliament from 1991 to 2001 and served on the Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Committee.

The SADC region is also behind the Zambian candidate with Swaziland having withdrawn its candidate for the same post and declaring its support for Dr. Inonge Mbikusita Lewanika.

Others contesting the AU top post include, Antoinette Batumubwira of Burundi,
Abdulai Osman Conteh of Sierra Leone, Jean Ping of Gabon and Cassam Uteem of Mauritius.


  1. mayo go go we are behind you home,swaziland has withdrawn its candidate to support zambia…this is good news

  2. This is a good and welcome development for a daughter of Zambia… Bravo Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika and wishing you the very best. I have no doubt about your capability to represent Zambia and above all the women of Africa!

  3. I am optimistic Inonge will scoop the top post. Its about time Zambia scaled this post, we have been sheltering these African refugees for way too long no, its about time we have one of our own to run things in Addis Ababa and bring some degree of sanity to all trouble spots in Africa. Tiyende Pamodzi ni mtima umooo!!!

  4. With the withdrawal of the Swazi candidate,Dr Mbikusitas’ campaign team should concentrate on convincing the Arabic region as earlier done with KK.There will be a divided vote from west Africa where Gabon and Sierra Leone are contesting.Comesa should encourage Burundi to step aside.
    I also wonder if her nomination by the president is to sideline her from contesting the Zambian presidentials?

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