Kenya’s Foreign Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed at a press conference on February 1, 2017, a day after the country’s loss in Addis Ababa. PHOTO | FILE
Growing clout of Morocco, Kenyan vagueness on Sahrawi, ICC stance and apathy by SADC swayed the vote.
“When the Moroccans hosted the dinner, it was telling that Mr Mahamat, who was a candidate, shared the table with Rabat’s Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezoua. This threw all of us off balance, as Chad’s chief campaigner was Algeria, which doesn’t have a rosy relationship with Morocco. Given the recent diplomatic efforts that Rabat had employed, we knew that we had to shift our last minute energies to Chad,” a lobbyist with intimate knowledge of the matter told The EastAfrican.