The African Union (AU) welcomed an old member, the Kingdom of Morocco, that left the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU) after the continental bloc refused to support Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara, which it occupied in 1976. The dispute over Western Sahara will hog the limelight and the issue, which has continued to divide the AU member states will resurface and test the AU’s strength and resolve to address a longstanding political crisis.
In February, Faustin-Archange Touadéra was elected president of the Central African Republic (CAR), ending a three-year-long transition in the country. This has given CAR a new opportunity to achieve and sustain peace by addressing the complex array of political, economic and social causes of the conflict.
As Africans across the continent and world celebrate Africa Day, we asked our readers what the day mean for them and to evaluate the progress which has been made to develop the continent. The responses have ranged from messages of optimism, pride at our African cultures and identities. The optimism of a better Africa is punctuated of course by sentiments of disillusionment and betrayal and calls for self introspection. We take a look at some of the messages on social media on Africa Day.
Today is Africa Day, the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), which is now known as the Africa Union (AU), [established on 26 May 2001]. The OAU was established on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, when 32 countries signed the OAU Charter and 22 states have since joined the continental bloc. What are your thoughts on the progress made, how important is the day to you?
With less than three months to go before the mid-July summit of the African Union (AU) in Kigali, Rwanda, candidates have started vying for the position of the chairperson of the AU Commission (AUC). The post has been occupied by South African politician Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma for the last four years.
In an exclusive interview with the PSC report, Ambassador Fred Ngoga Gateretse, head of the AU’s Early Warning Division, spoke about dealing with problems before they turn into full-scale conflict.
Is the AU a talk shop for tyrants and bureaucrats who have failed adequately to represent the needs of this continent’s 1.11 billion citizens? Is Agenda2063 a political programme that stands to only benefit and reward those who currently constitute the driving force behind it? Levi Kabwato from Malawi weighs in.
It was always going to be President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe to deliver doses of liberation-era nostalgia at the recent African Union (AU) Summit of heads of state and government. Both by way of historical representation and through his cultivated persona of a radical pan-African leader.
The readiness of the African Union’s (AU’s) African Standby Force (ASF) was put to the test during a major field exercise over three weeks in October and November. Troops marched into mock battle to take back territory seized by rebels in the fictional state of Carana, set up for Operation Amani Africa II at the SA National Defence Force’s combat training centre in the Northern Cape.