Lungu delegates Vice-President Wina for AU summit
The African Union 20th extraordinary session of the executive council has opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with a call for strengthened commitment in pursuing the African Union institutional reform process. And Vice-President Inonge Wina is today expected in Addis Ababa to attend the 11th extraordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of States and government of the African Union (AU).
President Edgar Lungu has delegated Vice-President Wina to attend the summit that would discuss the AU institutional reform process, including reform of the AU Commission, mandate of the AU Development Agency (AUDA) and financing the AU.
African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, who officially opened the executive committee, called on the need for member States to embrace the reforms as they would enhance the operations of the AUC.
“I would like, particularly with regard to the reform of the Commission, to stress the crucial importance of this issue. The Commission is supposed to be the driving force of our Union. The capacity of our Union to carry out the many tasks that have been opened up depends on its ability to fully assume its immense responsibilities,” Mahamat said.
He said the Commission envisages that the reforms would help in meeting the human, material, financial, political and legitimate expectations of States and peoples.
Foreign affairs minister Joseph Malanji announced that President Edgar Lungu had delegated Vice-President Wina to attend the 10th extraordinary Heads of State and government summit.
Malanji said the AU reforms showed that Africa was united and emphasised on the need to ensure that the AU reforms formulated with input from all member states.
He said Zambia aligns itself to the SADC position on the reforms and feels inputs from all member states should be taken on board.
Malanji said time had come for Africa to establish itself and be financially stable if it was going to realise its aspiration stated in Agenda 20163
This is according to a press statement issued by first secretary – press and tourism at the Embassy of Zambia in Ethiopia, Inutu Mwanza.
Source: The Mast