AU summit opens, tackles corruption

Her Honour Mrs Inonge Wina, Vice-President of the Republic of Zambia
Her Honour Mrs Inonge Wina, Vice-President of the Republic of Zambia

The 30th ordinary session of the assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union -AU- summit has opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with special attention to fighting corruption in order to uphold Africa’s vision in achieving development.

Vice President Inonge Wina, who is representing Zambia, is among the more than 20 African Heads of State in attendance.

Mrs. Wina described corruption as a cancer that destroys the fabric of society.

The Vice President took recognition of the African Union member states’ commitment to fight corruption despite challenges surrounding the scourge.

Outgoing AU chairperson Alpha Conde, who is also President of Guinea, thanked the member states for their unwavering support during his tenure from January to December 2017.

New African Union chairperson Paul Kagame, who is also President of Rwanda, told the member states that despite the challenges facing the continent, it is important to infuse the economies with technology for advanced development.

He appealed to the elders in Africa to enjoy their task of providing guidance to the young people.

And United Nations -UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the global organisation remains committed to affirming its strong partnership to the membership and the people of Africa.

Meanwhile, the member states welcomed three new leaders who include Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, Angola’s Joao Lourenco and George Weah of Liberia.

President Mnangagwa assured the member states that former President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe’s legacy is secure while Mr. WEAH sought for the union’s support and guidance for him to deliver according to the promises he made during election campaigns last year.