Kenya's First Lady Receives First AU Passport

Kenya's First Lady Receives First AU Passport

Kenya’s First Lady has received her African Union passport from the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), making her the first to do so in her capacity.

This follows the presentation of the first two copies to current chairperson of the AU and Chadian president, Idris Deby Itno and Rwandan president Paul Kagame during the 27th African Union (AU) summit in the Rwandan capital, Kigali last week.

The Deputy Chairperson of the AUC, H.E. Erastus Mwencha, tweeted a photo on Tuesday of happy Mrs Margaret Kenyatta receiving her red covered African Union (diplomatic) passport.

“Pleased to handover African Union passport to Kenya’s First Lady. She’s the 1st-First Lady to receive AU Passport,” Mwencha said.

The African Union passport represent a key plank of the Agenda 2063 action plan, which emphasizes the need for greater continental integration, drawing on the popular vision of Pan-African unity.

Chairperson of the AUC, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in her address to the summit appealed that nations should accept the challenge to issue the African passports to their respective nationals within their own processes.

H.E. Mr. Idriss Deby Itno, Chairperson of the AU and President of the Republic of Chad, and President Paul Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda, received the first passports handed to them by the Chairperson of the AU Commission, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma during the 27th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government was held on 17th July 2016, at the Kigali Convention Centre (KCC), Rwanda.

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