Africa Union

New AU Funding Model Crucial for Africa’s Self-Reliance

Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, says the decision to adopt a new funding formula for the African Union Commission (AUC) is a major step toward ensuring that the continent becomes self-reliant and able to fund its own investment and peace keeping initiatives.

African leaders meeting in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, have agreed to raise R15 billion a year to fund the AU Commission.

Leaders have also adopted a new formula to charge 0.2 percent point-2 import duties to prop up the coffers of the cash strapped commission.

SADC to Support Dlamini-Zuma for AU Post

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be backing Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as its candidate to head the African Union (AU) Commission.

Angolan Foreign Minister, Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, points out that, "It’s going to be a campaign of all SADC member states, and we are going to work and convince others with all the strong arguments that we have."

SADC’s decision, taken at a meeting in Cape Town, comes barely two weeks after Dlamini-Zuma failed to unseat incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon at an AU summit in Addis Ababa.

AU Vote a Setback for South Africa

The 18th Summit of the African Union (AU) that took place in Addis Ababa last week has led to a sudden surge of interest into the workings of the organisation. This is due to the intense battle for chairperson that was fought between the incumbent former Gabonese Foreign Minister, Jean Ping, and South African Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

NGOs Lobby AU Over Zim Crisis

A delegation from Zimbabwe's civil society is in Ethiopia for the African Union (AU) summit, to lobby continental leaders not to lose focus on the political stand-off in Harare.

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition director, Macdonald Lewanika, points out that they are lobbying the AU to step up its role in resolving the crisis in Zimbabwe, as it had done in some other countries.

Activists Lobby AU Over Elections

Several key Zimbabwean activists took part in a roundtable discussion in Kampala, where they intend to lobby the African Union (AU) to take a prominent role in ensuring Zimbabwe's next elections are free and fair.

Under the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, the activists say they want to urge leaders at the AU summit, to ensure that Zimbabwe is sufficiently prepared to hold credible, free and fair elections and that the AU stands ready to monitor and observe those elections.

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