Outgoing African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dhlamini-Zuma has handed over the reins to the new chairperson Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat at a function held at the Nelson Mandela Hall at AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa this Tuesday.

In her farewell message Dr Dhlamini-Zuma thanked all AU Commission staff, member states and partners for their contribution and support during her tenure as chairperson of the commission.

The distinguished activist for women’s empowerment said she was satisfied with the strong foundation that has been put in place for the realisation Africa’s agenda 2063.

She left a mark with her contribution regarding gender equality and empowerment of women.

Another major highlight of her career in the commission was the launch of the campaign to end child marriages in Africa.

Dr Dhlamini-Zuma’s tenure was extended last year in June by African heads of states and government.

She had a fruitful working relationship with President Mugabe during his tenure as AU chairperson in 2015 and the following year in 2016 when Cde Mugabe was elected rapporteur of the AU bureau.

Incoming AU Commission chairperson Mr Mahamat, a former Foreign Minister in his country Chad, also served as the nation’s Prime Minister.

He was elected by AU member states during the 28th AU Summit of heads of state and government in January this year.

Mr Mahamat has pledged to make peace and security issues of South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo among his top priorities.