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OAU Secretary General, your votes. (Readers' Response).

Time for woman SG

It is time, in this new millennium, for the OAU to name a lady, a daughter of mother Africa, as secretary general. I nominate Elisabeth Toro, Winnie Mandela, Zindzi Mandela and Graca Machel-Mandela.

Orsine Nicol

Kingston, Jamaica

Boakye Djan

I propose Major Kojo Boakye Djan of Ghana. After reading his interview in New African (February & March), I think he is the right man for the OAU top job. One can easily see that he has the interest of Africa at heart, and also something good and meaningful to deliver. Besides he has a broad political insight.

J.O. Anane-Adjei

Munich, Germany

(*.) My choice for the new OAU secretary general? Major Boakye Djan of Ghana.

Shaheed Senoko

South Africa

Bashir Saleh

I nominate Ambassador Bashir Saleh. He is an experienced man in international affairs and the right person to introduce the reforms needed in the OAU. Saleh was Libya's ambassador to Tanzania, Algeria, Central Africa and Nigeria.

Zitto Kabwe

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Theo Ben Gurirab

The new OAU secretary general must be a person who:

* Understands world politics (who has both domestic and international experience).

* Has integrity, well respected, and willing to take on difficult issues, without taking sides.

* Not corrupt, humble, not there for self enrichment, and who has the continent's interest at heart.

* Will not put emphasis on how to get foreign aid (which makes Africa more dependent).

* Will work towards bringing the Africans in the Diaspora together.

* Will address the issues of the colonised mind (and make us stop rejecting ourselves and help us decolonise our minds).

* Someone who is not only a talker but also an action person.

* Someone who will respect the input of the youth without feeling threatened.

* Someone open to constructive criticism.

The person who immediately comes to mind is the Namibian foreign minister, Theo Ben Gurirab.

Pandu Hailonga

Windhoek, Namibia

Winnie Mandela

My vote goes to Winnie Mandela. Because she is an enlightened woman who knows Africa's problems in depth due to her experience, and is also assertive, confident and presentable.

Atsbeha Yimam

Jersey City, USA

Dr Sedat Jobe

I nominate Dr Sedat Jobe, foreign minister of The Gambia as the next OAU secretary general. He was the director of UNESCO in Africa, and was instrumental in bringing peace to Guinea Bissau. He also initiated the Banjul peace talks between the Cassamance rebels and the government of Senegal. He is a son of Africa born to bring peace and stability to all.

Peter Bekoe Koranteng

Serrekunda, The Gambia

Prof Okumu

My vote goes to Prof Washington Jalan'go Okumu for the OAU job. In 1994, Prof Okumu was instrumental in bringing Nelson Mandela and Mangosuthu Buthelezi closer and ensuring a peaceful transition in South Africa. He has worked for many years in the UN system in Geneva.

Paul Adhoch

Moi's Bridge, Kenya

Visionary SG

The new OAU secretary general must be a person to lead Africa to economic development and political maturity. Such a person must have a track record of resourceful diplomacy, and a personality to inspire African leaders to greater feats.

Having said that, I nominate the following:

* Emeka Anyaoku, the former Commonwealth secretary general.

* Flt-Lt Jerry Rawlings, the former president of Ghana.

* Hage Geingob, the prime minister of Nambia.

* Vernon J. Mwaanga, former foreign minister of Zambia.

* Mark Chona, former political adviser to President Kenneth Kuanda and now a top civil servant in Zambia.

* J. B. Zulu, a technocrat recently retired from the World Bank where he served for nearly two decades. He was the first head of the Zambian national bank and economic adviser to President Kaunda.

Phillip J. Daka

Lusaka, Zambia

Olara Otunnu

I cast my first vote for Olara Otunnu, the man who shaped the foreign policy of Uganda after the Idi Amin era, only to be driven away by Museveni's troops.

My second vote goes to Winnie Mandela.

M. Ongom-Along

Neuenburg, Germany

Dr Mustafa Ismail

I nominate Dr Mustafa Osman Ismail, a Sudanese medical doctor turned politician/diplomat, and the current foreign minister. It was him who bridged the divide between Eritrea and Ethiopia. He is the man to bring an end to the war in Sudan.

Fr. Hilary Boma Omol

Weilerswist, Germany

Nelson Mandela

I nominate Nelson Mandela for the OAU job. Need I give his CV?

Ahmadu B. Mamah Musah

Accra, Ghana

Kofi Annan

My vote goes to Kofi Annan. If he has a realistic chance to stay in his current job as UN secretary general, I will like him to remain in New York because he is doing an excellent job for the whole world. But if he is not to get a second term at the UN, let him be our secretary general in Addis Ababa.

Berhanu Done Halabo

Heimdal, Norway
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