ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe took over the post of African Union chairman on Friday, replacing Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, vowed to protect the continent’s resources from “imperialists and colonialists.”
Mugabe, who turns 91 in February, thanked God for recent oil finds in Africa that the “blind eyes of colonialists could not see.” He made the comments in a speech to leaders in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa after being named chairman of the 54-nation group for a one-year term. Continue reading President Mugabe Elected African Union Chairman→
EUROPEAN UNION Ambassador to Harare, Mr. Aldo Dell’Ariccia, today dismissed media reports over concerns that Europe is cherry-picking African participants to the upcoming EU – Africa Summit that was scheduled for April 2 – 3 in Brussels.
Citing Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, The Heraldnewspaper reported for the first time that the EU’s has intentions to bar Eritrea, a full member of the African Union, from attending the summit while inviting Egypt, a country under AU sanction following the removal of a legitimately elected President Mohamed Morsi.
The paper also reports that the bloc have left out Sudan, another full AU member, and the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, which is also a part of the continental body but has the majority of its land under Moroccan rule, from attending the summit.
Eritrea rejects the story (below) that was released yesterday by a certain Farirai Machivenyika from The Herald newspaper accusing the EU for duplicity by not inviting Eritrea to the upcoming 4th EU-Africa Summit as “factually wrong”.
Director of President Office, Mr. Yemane Gebremeskel, today informed TesfaNews that the invitation for Eritrea to attend the Summit was delivered to the Foreign Office by the EU Ambassador a month back. He also said that Eritrea had attended previous EU-Africa Summits at the Head of State level but for this year Foreign Minister Oman Saleh will represent President Isaias. He also adds ties between Eritrea and the EU remains warm and healthy.
THE European Union’s contempt of the African Union was further exposed yesterday after it emerged the bloc barred Eritrea from attending the forthcoming EU-Africa Summit, while Egypt was invited despite it being under AU sanctions following the removal of a legitimately elected President Mohamed Morsi, last year.
Mr Morsi was overthrown in a military-backed uprising in July last year.
Eritrea is a full member of the AU and has not been invited to the Summit just like the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, which is also a part of the continental body but has the majority of its land under Moroccan rule.
The EU’s duplicity was exposed by Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Joey Bimha, when he appeared before the Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs yesterday.
The incompetent and flamboyant ex-Commissioner of the African Union – Jean Ping – is now history. It is simply gratifying and indeed a good omen seeing him left office with his head down. We are expecting leadership form the new and first women Chairman of the AU Commission, Ms. Dlamini Zuma.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma , South Africa’s minister of home affairs, was on Sunday elected as the first female head of the African Union Commission.
Ms Dlamini-Zuma, who received 37 votes in the last round of voting, needing 34 to win, defeated incumbent and rival Jean Ping of Gabon, who had headed the steering body of the 54-member organisation since 2008.