President Mnangagwa leaves for AU summit in Addis Ababa

By Justin Mahlahla

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has left Harare for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the 35th African Union Summit.

Themed: “Building Resilience in Nutrition on the African Continent: Accelerate the Human Capital, Social and Economic Development”, the 2022 summit will be chaired by Senegal.

Topical issues to be discussed include the political situation in Ethiopia, the instability in Mozambique, food security and the continued threat of COVID-19, among other challenges facing the continent.

Fifteen new members of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union will be elected during the summit, – five positions for the three-year seats and 10 for the two-year seats.

Each of the continent’s five regions chooses candidates using its preferred methods. Nigeria, the only country that has been a member of the council uninterruptedly since its creation, is expected to remain.

Tweeting yesterday from Addis Ababa, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Frederick Shava announced the approval of the AU Budget for 2022.

“Africa stands united! Today we approved the 2022 budget for the African Union, & discussed the pressing issues that we must tackle together. Whether it’s food security or economic development, our continent stands together to improve the lives of all our citizens,” he said.