Last week on Thursday the 18th of June 2020, Kenya was voted to become the UN Security Council representative of Africa after defeating Djibouti in the voting process.
The East African now makes its return to the council for the first time in 23 years. Kenya will start its campaign from January of 2021. The East African nation will be part of the council that makes key decisions on global peace and security.
The East African nation beat fellow East African country Djibouti in the voting phase where Kenya got 129 votes as compared to Djibouti’s 62 votes.
Currently, Africa is being represented by Tunisia whose tenure runs from 2020 to 2021 and replaced South Africa whose reign was from 2019 to 2020.
In the first round of voting on Wednesday, Kenya had 113 votes against Djibouti’s 78, with 192 out of 193 member states voting. Venezuela was barred from casting its ballot as it is still in arrears for its membership in the UN. However, under the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly, countries seeking a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council must garner at least two-thirds of the votes to win – in this case, Kenya needed at least 128 votes.
India, Mexico, Ireland, and Norway were elected earlier on Wednesday.
What will Kenya be tasked to do on the UN Security Council?
As part of the decision-making team, Nairobi will be tasked with having to make the most difficult calls, for instance, advising on whether to use force to preserve peace and also making decisions on which judges will be appointed at the International court.
Working alongside the five permanent members with veto powers (Russia, UK, US, China, and France), the East African country will join nine other non-permanent members and could get a chance to preside over the Council’s sittings, an influential opportunity to influence agenda.
Kenya’s win also serves to assure the world of the legitimacy of the African Union (AU) in endorsing candidates from member states to “act in its name.” The AU had endorsed Kenya for the seat, but Djibouti rejected this decision and went ahead to conduct parallel campaigns for the only seat allocated for Africa.
President Uhuru Kenyatta termed the win “a demonstration of the country’s growing profile and influence in the community of nations as a steadfast and dependable development partner.” He also promised to voice Africa’s stand at the Security council.
Author: Moses Echodu
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