AU CHAIR URGES AFRICAN LEADERS TO UNITE BEHIND CONTINENTAL BODY

January 29, 2018
               News

The AU wants to streamline its structures and get African countries to fund more of the body’s costs themselves.

CAPE TOWN – African Union Commission chair Moussa Faki Mahamat has urged African Union member states to unify if they want reforms to the continental body to be successful.

Heads of state were locked in a meeting behind closed doors for hours before the opening session of the AU summit after southern African states complained about the process.

The AU could either move forward and reform itself, or fail and dent the continent’s development, Mahamat has warned.

Mahamat, who is in charge of the day-to-day running of the AU, was addressing heads of the 55 member states at the AU summit opening.

President Jacob Zuma, as the current head of the Southern African Development Community, has raised objections from the region against the way these reforms are being done.

One of these is that the leader of the reforms, Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame, failed to consult countries properly about the process.

The AU wants to streamline its structures and get African countries to fund more of the body’s costs themselves.

SOURCE : EWN

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