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AIPS Africa president Mitchell Obi re-elected unopposed

The newly elected AIPS Acrica Executive Committee: (L-R) Mufti Mohammed Saeed(Vice president), Mourad Moutaoukil (1st Vice President, Mitchell Obi(AIPS Africa president), Gianni Merlo (AIPS President), William Dodzi Ezah (SG), Oumar Babba Traore (Member), Amadou Dioulde Diallo (VP), Felix Sohounde Peperipe(Treasurer), Mohammed Slimane(Assistant SG), Yonas Teshome Getane (VP), Anthonio Goncalves Ferreira(Assistant SG), Chris Mbaisi (VP). (Photo: Fliss Mohamed)
by Kenneth Nato, SJAK

NAIROBI, December 18, 2017 - Mitchell Obi has been re-elected unopposed alongside first Vice President Mourad Moutaoukil at the AIPS Africa Congress in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday, December 18.

Incumbent Guineaís Amadou Dioulde Diallo retained his post while Kenyaís Chris Mbaisi, Sudanís Mufti Mohammed Saeed and Ethiopiaís Yonas Teshome Getaneh were voted in as the other vice presidents.

Diallo and outgoing Vice President Kabulo Nuanna Kabulo from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Getaneh tied with 12 votes each in the first round for a re run.

Mbaisi and Saeed who managed 19 and 15 votes respectively were outright winners and didnít go to the second round.

In the second round of voting, Diallo was re-elected with 18 votes as Getaneh got 13 to be Vice Presidents while Kabulo was deposed with 12 votes.

Incumbent Cameroonís Emmanuel Gustave Samnick failed to defend the secretary generalís post losing 13-9 to Ghanaís William Dodzi Ezah.

Angolaís Anthonio Goncalves Ferreira (Angola) and Mohammed Slimane Ganoua (Niger) were elected unopposed for the two deputy secretary generalís posts.

Felix Sohounde Peperipe from Benin dropped his ambitions for the vice chairmanís post by withdrawing to be re-elected unopposed as treasurer.

Senegalís Abdoulaye Thiam got a soft landing after losing the vice presidentís race to be elected as an executive member together with Maliís Oumar Babba Traore. The other two members will be elected during the AIPS congress in Antalya, Turkey.

Burundiís Liliane Nshirimana casts her vote during the AIPS Africa elections in Nairobi. (Photo: Fliss Mohamed)

The Congress unanimously agreed to amend its constitution for an expanded executive committee, meaning the executive will co-op two other members.The amendments are meant to make the continental body be all inclusive by ensuring that all the regions and gender are well represented.

The amendments provide for four Vice Presidents drawn from the continentís regions which have been zoned into North, South, West together with East and Central regions which have been merged to form one zone.

In the other amendment, the delegates passed for two deputy secretary generalsí posts where one will be in charge of Administration and Membership, and the other in charge of Training, Communication and Marketing.

A total of 22 countries voted in the elections on Monday.


Mitchell Obi (Nigeria)

First Vice President: Mourad Moutaoukil (Morocco)

Vice President:

Chris Mbaisi Kenya 19

Mufti Mohammed Saeed (Sudan) 15

Amadou Dioulde Diallo (Guinea) 18

Yonas Teshome Getaneh (Ethiopia) 13

Secretary General

William Dodzi Ezah (Ghana) 13

Deputy Secretary General

Anthonio Goncalves Ferreira (Angola)

Mohammed Slimane Ganoua (Niger)


Felix Sohounde Peperipe (Benin) Unopposed

Executive Members

Oumar Babba Traore (Mali)

Abdoulaye Thiam (Senegal)

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