AU 1
February 5, 2016

How serious is the political crisis in Burundi to warrant international armed intervention? Despite pressure from the West, the African Union last week decided not to send troops to the central African nation. But what the AU and everybody else won’t discuss – at least openly – is the fact the crisis is the handiwork of external forces pushing for regime change in Bujumbura.


Celebrating the decade for people of African descent

African Union
September 23, 2015

ALTHOUGH there are no known programmes of action by governments of African countries towards promoting the ‘International Decade for People of African Descent’ declared by the United Nations (UN) in 2013, which started on January 1, 2015 and will run till 2024, only Badagry Diapora Festival 2015, which ended last month, took steps in redirecting attention to people of African descent outside the continent. The festival had an International Symposium…


Africa loses R50bn every year in illicit flow of funds – Mbeki

Thabo Mbeki
September 4, 2015

Johannesburg – Africa loses more than R50bn every year as a result of the illicit flow of funds, former president Thabo Mbeki has said. “Africa faces the great challenge of large volumes of capital leaving the continent illicitly – money that our continent needs to address the challenges of development,” Mbeki told a meeting of the Group of African Governors, affiliated with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, known as…


Africa: 2015 – a Defining Year in the Drive for Women’s Empowerment in Africa

August 26, 2015

Women’s Day in South Africa gives us an opportunity to reflect on the efforts globally, and on the continent, to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality. These efforts have borne fruit and are accelerating. In Africa the initiatives have reached Head of State level, driven by statistics such as the fact that women produce more than 80% of food in Africa but own only approximately 1% of productive lands. To…


Zimbabwe: Mugabe, West Relations Put to Test

Robert Mugabe
July 10, 2015

President Robert Mugabe’s fickle relationship with the West has once again been put to test by the veteran ruler’s abrasive call for African nations to pullout of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The latest call has been stoked by a failed attempt by the ICC to arrest Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir in South Africa last month when he attended an African Union (AU) summit. While Zimbabwe is not an…


Africa: South Africa Welcomes African Union Summit

African Union
June 8, 2015

African leaders from across the continent have gathered in the capital for the 25th summit of the African Union (AU), which runs until 15 June, under the theme: “Year of women empowerment and development towards Agenda 2063.” It is being hosted by South Africa for the first time since the formation of the AU in Durban in 2002. It follows the World Economic Forum on Africa, which was held in…


AU Chair Mugabe urges African states to seize resources from whites

Robert Mugabe
March 10, 2015

Africa Union (AU) Chairperson, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, today rallied African states to emulate his country’s economic policies that have seen farms and industries being seized from former white owners. The Zimbabwean economy has been on a free fall after the Mugabe led government launched a fast track Land Reform programme that saw white farmers being dispossessed of their land in 2002.


Africa: Mugabe Is a Symbol of What African Leaders Really Want – Immortality

February 12, 2015

ANALYSIS By Patience Akumu It is easy to dismiss the stalwart, albeit slumping, figure of 90-year-old Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, as a reminder of all that has gone wrong with the African continent; failed economies, dictatorships and the resigned inertia of the African people. But to the African Union, which recently elected him as its chair, Mugabe is a symbol of everything that could have gone right with the continent…


Mugabe seeks financial independence for African Union

African leaders have agreed in principle to impose a flurry of taxes in a bid to finance their pan-African bloc, set up to push the continent’s diplomatic agenda but dependent on foreign handouts. After a two-day summit held in the African Union’s Chinese-built headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, heads of state proposed new taxes on airline tickets, hotel stays and text messages. The AU was once heavily bankrolled by toppled…

February 2, 2015