African Union picks Ayebare

Wednesday October 17 2012

By TABU BUTAGIRA

KAMPALA

Uganda’s acting Permanent Representative to the UN, Mr Adonia Ayebare, is set to join the African Union as its peace-building and development expert at the New York mission.

The appointment takes effect in December, according to the September Magazine of Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF) that supports AU’s Observer Mission to the UN. “He specialises in conflict management, peace building and good governance processes,” reads the announcement.

The journalist-turned-diplomat will advise the AU Commission chief, Ms Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, on potential conflict flashpoints on the continent, develop an early warning mechanism and coordinate regional and international responses on peace-keeping.

Mr Ayebare has served before as Uganda’s envoy to Rwanda and Burundi. President Museveni in August assigned former junior Health minister Richard Nduhura as Uganda’s new Permanent Representative to the world body. He is yet to take office. Uganda’s last substantive Permanent Representative to the UN was Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, now the ICT minister.

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