ZIMBABWE’S candidate for the post of Africa Union Commissioner for Social Affairs, Rudo Chitiga, has vowed to make the continental body more effective in poverty reduction, maternal and reproductive health, labour, disability, sports and culture if elected.While election of the AU Commission chairperson has gripped the body’s head office in Addis Ababa, Zimbabwe is battling it out with three African nations for the post of the AU Commissioner for Social Affairs. Chitiga is contesting with candidates from Cameroon, Seychelles and Sierra Leone.
Chitiga has more than 30 years’ experience working in senior management and leadership roles in government, civil society and inter-governmental organisations.
“This is the commission I chose because it embraces most of my experiences,” said Chitiga. “My experience has been in poverty reduction and grassroots development at a high level, policy-making stages. I have the experience. I know how people feel; I know how to change people’s lives.
Chitiga has previously worked as secretary-general of the World Movement of Grassroots in Geneva.