Category Archives: African Union

West African states in joint move against Boko Haram

Chadian soldiers walk in front of a building that Boko Haram insurgents used as their base before being driven out by the Chadian military in Dikwa March 2, 2015.  REUTERS/Madjiasra Nako

Chad and Niger launched a joint army operation against Boko Haram militants in Nigeria on Sunday, military sources said, intensifying a regional push to try to defeat the Sunni Islamic group that has killed thousands in a six-year insurgency. Boko Haram has expanded cross-border raids into Cameroon, Chad and Niger in recent months, spurring Nigeria’s neighbours to retaliate, although cooperation between them and the government in Abuja has been limited and at times strained. Sunday’s strike marks Niger’s first incursion deep into Nigerian territory; the country’s troops had until now only fought Boko Haram in the border area. Chad has already sent troops many kilometers inside north-eastern Nigeria, winning back … Continue reading

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Strong institutions will solve conflicts in Africa – leaders told

Ugandan members of the Pan African Parliament,Onyango Kakoba,Baka Mugabi (in the middle) and  Abdi Chemaswet.

By Nkonge I Kaggwa, Kampala Uganda. The Speaker of the Ethiopian National Parliament, Ato Abdullah Gemeda, has called for an urgent building and strengthening of institutions that will solve the unending conflicts in the Eastern Africa Region. “East Africa Region is currently facing numerous challenges in the area of peace and security, and lack of stability. The region envisage to continue building stronger democratic institutions and parliamentarians as decision makers will remain committed to achieving this goal,” said Gemeda. Speaking during a “Regional Parliamentary Meeting on the Promotion, Ratification and Domestication of African Union Legal Instruments for the Eastern African Region” held at the Hilton Hotel in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, Mr … Continue reading

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Uganda coalition of the ICC criticises Museveni’s attack on ICC

President Museveni and his wife Janet at the 52nd independence anniversary ceremony in Kampala.

BY NKONGE I KAGGWA The Ugandan Coalition of the International Criminal Court (UCICC) has said a recent statement made by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on the court’s treatment of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, should not be left isolated because it was meant to tarnish the image of the ICC by portraying a negative image of its work. Addressing the country during its 52nd independence anniversary at Kololo independence grounds on 9th October this year, President Museveni called on African leaders to “review their relationship with the ICC”. Mohammed Ndifuna, Chief Executive Officer of the Human Rights Network, a Ugandan coalition of all Rights NGOS in the country, said in a statement issued … Continue reading

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Africa celebrates Day Of the Child in Addis Ababa

Some of the African Children who celebrated the Day Of the Child at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

By Jessica A Badebye Africa has celebrated its 23rd anniversary of the “Day of the African Child (DAC)” under the theme, “A Child Friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa. The day which falls on 16 June every year which was designated by the African Union (AU) Assembly in 1991, is recognized in commemoration of the 1976 protests by school children in Soweto, South Africa. According to the AU, the theme aims at guaranteeing the achievement of Article 11 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child on the continent. AU activities were organized by the Department of Social Affairs and the … Continue reading

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Mwencha urges Africa Court to trail international crimes

Mwencha who has urged the Africa Court to deal with the unconstitutional changes of governments in Africa.

By Staff Writer The African Court has been tasked to trail International crimes such as genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity as well as the phenomenon of unconstitutional changes of government which the continent continues to grapple with. This was during the opening ceremony of the African Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General held last Thursday meeting by the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission Mr Erastus Mwencha on behalf of the chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. While making remarks, Mwencha drew the attention of the Ministers on one of the key recommendations, the … Continue reading

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Civil societies asked to investigate crimes in S Sudan

AU Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who has asked civil society groups to investigate crimes in South Sudan,

By Staff Writer The African Union (AU) Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan has invited civil society organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholders to be involved in the process of investigation of the human rights violations and other abuses committed during the armed conflict in the country. This follows establishment and swearing in of the commission on 12th March at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. According to a statement issued by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on 22nd April, the commission is aimed at making recommendations on the best ways and means to ensure accountability, reconciliation and healing among all South Sudan communities. … Continue reading

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African leaders boycott European Union-Africa summit

President Mugabe refused to attend summit because his wife Grace was denied a visa to Brussels.

By Jessica A Badebye  South Africa’s President Jacob and his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe have joined their other African Union colleagues in boycotting the 4th European Union (EU)-Africa summit demanding equal treatment of the continent’s peoples and all member states. The two presidents join Eritrea’s Isaias Afewerki, Sudan’s Omar al Bashir and Sahrawi’s Mohamed Abdelaziz. This follows an earlier call to African Union (AU) member states by the AU Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) to stay away from the highest level two-day summit between Europe and Africa which is expected to kick off on Tuesday 2nd April through 3rd in Belgium due to the discrepancy in the manner participants were chosen. Sources … Continue reading

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Africans bid to avert oil shutdown over Sudan rebel row

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki, chief mediator for Sudan and South Sudan.

African governments have stepped up their efforts to prevent a shutdown of oil production in South Sudan, agreeing to send three generals to investigate Sudanese allegations that Juba is supporting anti-Khartoum rebels. Sudan, the sole conduit for South Sudan’s oil exports, said last month it would close two cross-border oil pipelines within 60 days and insisted output be shut by August 7 unless Juba gave up its support for the rebels. Juba denies backing them.  The two sides fought one of Africa’s longest civil wars before the south won independence in 2011. Analysts say South Sudan might collapse without oil, the main source for the budget apart from foreign grants. … Continue reading

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African leaders call for U.N. mandate for Mali mission

West African leaders on Thursday called for a regional military operation against al Qaeda-linked rebels in north Mali to be transformed into a U.N. peacekeeping mission as quickly as possible to secure desperately needed funding. France sent troops into its former colony last month to drive out Islamist fighters, claiming their seizure of Mali’s north last year posed a threat to international security. Paris hopes that from March it can start withdrawing its 4,000 troops but is awaiting the effective deployment of an African force (AFISMA), plagued by logistical and financing setbacks. Meeting in Ivory Coast’s capital Yamoussoukro, presidents from West Africa’s regional bloc ECOWAS backed calls from France, the … Continue reading

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UN chief goes ahead with special force to combat DRC rebels

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will urge the Security Council to approve a force to fight rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to a draft report seen on Monday, which also applauded suspension of aid to Rwanda over claims it backs the insurgents. In the draft of a special report to the 15-member council, Ban said a brigade of several thousand soldiers should be created within the existing U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo, known as MONUSCO, and be deployed initially for one year. “The intervention brigade would carry out targeted offensive operations, either on its own or jointly with the FARDC (the Joseph Kabila army), in a robust, … Continue reading

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