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THE PEACE AND SECURTY COUNCIL OF THE AFRICAN UNION BIDS FAREWEL TO AMB. MULL KATENDE IN ADDIS ABABA DURING THE MONTH OF UGANDA'S CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE COUNCIL

Tuesday, 23rd May 2017
(L-R) Amb. Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace & Security; Amb. Mull S. Katende, and Amb. Ndumiso Ntshinga, South Africa's Permanent Representative to the AU - during Farewell Dinner for Amb. Katende in Nyerere Building, AU

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) held a Farewell Dinner for Amb. Mull S. Katende - Uganda's Ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti, and Permanent Representative to the AU - during the month when his country is chairing the PSC. The party was held on Saturday 20 May 2017 in Nyerere Building at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The event was co-hosted by Amb. Smail Chergui,  Commissioner for Peace and Security on behalf of the AU Peace and Security Department and Amb. Rashid Benlounes, Permanent Representative of Algeria (who was represented by Amb. Ndumiso Nchinga of South Africa) on behalf of the Peace and Security Council. It was attended by the 15 Members of the PSC, staff of the PSC Secretariat led by Dr. Amore Kambutzi and staff of the Uganda Mission in Addis Ababa led by Amb. Idule Amoko, Deputy Head of Mission.

In their farewell messages, both Amb. Smail Chergui and Amb. Ndumiso Nchinga hailed Amb. Katende for his rich knowledge of continental issues that has made him a dependable institutional memory;  unshakable commitment to the work of the PSC and his steadfastness, candidness and unflinching voice in defending Africa's interests. They presented him with a Gift in recognition of his distinguished service to the continent and wished him success in his next assignment as Uganda's Ambassador to the United States of America (USA).

On his part, Amb. Katende expressed gratitude for bidding him a formal farewell and for the good working relationship with his colleagues that he enjoyed in the Permanent Representative Committee (PRC) as well as the PSC. He advised that for purposes of enhancing the Council's effectiveness, there is need for PSC Ambassadors to attend all Council Sessions and to nurture the culture of consultations among Council members and between the Council and the AU Commission leadership to ensure unity of purpose and better decision making.

In order to improve efficiency of the PSC Secretariat in the Service of the Council, Amb. Katende observed that there is an need for the Commissioner and Director for Peace and Security to attend Council Sessions more regularly; to assign a team of translators and interpreters dedicated to the PSC work; revisit arbitrary rescheduling of PSC meetings; and for the AU Commission to address recruitment challenges within the Commission in order to expeditiously fill the human resource gaps within the PSC Secretariat.  The Commissioner intimated that some of  the concerns raised by Amb. Katende are being addressed by the Commission.

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