Professor Pierre Moukoko Mbonjou former Minister of Foreign Affairs has been appointed as the head of the newly created Institutional Reforms Unit of the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was appointed Wednesday, 13th September 2017 alongside Ms. Ciru Mwaura as Deputy Head of the Institutional Reforms Unit, putting an end to his militancy with the ruling CPDM crime syndicate.
The Institutional Reforms Unit is an organ that was created to facilitate the implementation of important projects identified as being key for strengthening the AU. It also seeks to enhance the re-positioning of the AU so that it can better serve the people of Africa.
The institution was born from the reforms introduced to the AUC from the recommendations from Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Five key missions have been attributed to the institution;
– Financing of the AU sustainably and with full ownership of Member States
-Managing the business of the African Union efficiently and effectively at both political and operational levels
-Connecting the African Union to its citizens
– Focusing on key priorities with continental scope -Realigning the African Union Institutions to deliver against these priorities.
The new team is expected to use their wealth of experience to attain the goals of AU. The officials have a rich experience governance and management of organizations. Prof. Pierre Moukoko Mbonjou is the former Minister of External Relations of Cameroon from 2011 to 2015.
He is also a Professor at the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) of the University of Yaounde II. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in Political Science from the University of Paris I, Pantheon Sorbonne.
He has also held other ministerial functions in government including Minister of Communication and Government Spokesperson from 2004 to 2006 and Minister, Director of Cabinet of the Prime Minister’s office from 1996 to 2004.
His deputy, Ms. Ciru Mwaura served as Chief of Staff to the African Union High Representative for the Financing the Union and the Peace Fund. She also worked as a Senior Adviser with various organizations including the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID).
Ms. Mwaura has a Master of Laws (LLM), Public Law from the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, UK and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Hons from Bristol University, UK.