The re-election of Patricia Scotland as the Commonwealth Secretary-General not only signifies her capabilities to represent the top position but also shows the failure of Kamina Johnson Smith’s spending of million of dollars on campaigning.
Reportedly, the government of Jamaica outlined that they spent an estimated J$18.2 million on the failed campaign to get their Foreign Affairs Minister Johnson Smith elected as the new Commonwealth Secretary-General. Additionally, the government spent J$25.7 million on the CHOGM in Rwanda in June.
Despite all these tactics, Smith failed to oust Scotland from the Commonwealth role. Her re-election showed her dedication, compassion, and capability to represent the Commonwealth and proved that things always do not take a turn with the money.
Evidently, the result of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings held in Rwanda in June earlier this year showed the story of the winning of good leadership over manipulative techniques.
Reverting back at critics, Scotland successfully managed a challenge at her leadership and proved the immense loss of the strategies used by Kamina Johnson Smith.
The loss of Kamina Johnson Smith in CHOGM demonstrates that truth always finds its way. The amount of spending money on campaigning of Smith turned into massive waste in front of the incredible leadership shown by Scotland during her tenure.
Unlike Smith, Scotland never used such techniques and schemes to grab the position because her incredible leadership spoke and worked for her. She did not come into the need to use such a big amount of money due to her championship in women empowerment and gender equality. So, Scotland’s unique and phenomenal vision worked as a campaigning tool for her to retain her position.
Since Secretary-General Baroness has been in charge of the Commonwealth for the past six years, being a black female, she pioneered the symbol of equality. She assured bringing back the wealth into the Commonwealth by strengthening the cooperation among member states. She made a major breakthrough in handling her responsibilities as CSG.
Scotland’s re-energizing and re-emerging vision and efficient leadership has been endorsed by the member states of the Commonwealth and worldwide, resulting in her keeping her position as the Secretary-General.