South African President, Jacob Juma, on Wednesday received a phone call from Libyan president, Muammar Gadaffi, on the possibility of assurping the African Union chairmanship from Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutharika.
The AU chairmanship rotates and, this time, it is the turn of the Southern African Development Community to choose a representative.
SADC settled for Mutharika but reports indicate that Gadaffi has developed some insatiable thirst for power and wants another run.
Foreign Affairs Minister Ettah Banda confirmed the development in an interview, saying she was informed of the issue by her South African counterpart.
"We have been assured that Dr. Mutharika will take over the chairmanship so Malawians should not worry. We are aware of what is happening," said Banda.
She said Zuma rebuffed Gadaffi on the issue, and maintained that it was SADC's turn.
South African government officials are yet to respond to an e-mail from Zachimalawi.