President Mnangagwa okays the ratifying the Malabo Protocol
By Tendai Munengwa
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has given the green light for the ratification of the Malabo Protocol which gives power to the Pan African Parliament (PAP) to be a fully-fledged legislative organ of the African Union.
The curtain has come down on the two-day 11th National and Regional Speakers of Parliament Conference hosted by the Pan African Parliament in Midrand South Africa.
In an interview on the sidelines of the conference, Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda revealed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa tasked the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Honourable Ziyambi Ziyambi to kick-start the ratification process of the Malabo Protocol adopted by African Union in 2014 to extend PAP’s legislative powers.
“The President tasked me to have a conversation with Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi to start the process of ratifying the Malabo Protocol, I have done so and the ratification process is now on course. We have some reservations on that the protocol wants to have MPs elected universally but we say those five we seconded to the PAP from our parliament is enough, ” he said.
“That however does not stop us from ratifying because, in terms of the Vienna Convention, you can ratify with reservations.”
In his keynote address during the Speakers Conference, President of the Pan African Parliament Senator Chief Fortunate Charumbira implored all African countries to sign the Malabo Protocol for the benefit of African citizens.
“PAP was established in 2004 to oversee the operations of AU and make resolutions on behalf of the citizens but since then the AU has never presented its budget to PAP and this must be corrected once Adrian leaders commit themselves to ratify the Malabo protocol,” said Chief Charumbira.
So far the Malabo Protocol has been ratified by 14 out of 55 countries but requires a minimum of 28 countries to ratify it before it comes into force.