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The SADC region is also behind the Zambian candidate with Swaziland having withdrawn its candidate for the same post and declaring its support for Dr.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