By Josephine Mugiyo, Diplomatic Correspondent
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says his government will continue to support the Pan African Parliament (PAP) to ensure the full participation of African people in economic development.
He was speaking at State House in Harare where the PAP Southern African Regional Caucus presented its new leader, Senator Chief Fortune Charumbira, this Monday.
A massive campaign by fellow African countries saw the election of Chief Charumbira as the first ever Pan African Parliament President from the Southern Region.
Chairperson of the Southern Regional Caucus, Honourable Pemmy Majodina expressed gratitude to President Mnangagwa for the support they received in the run up to the PAP elections.
“We came here to request support and you gave it to us. Because of your support, we delivered on what we promised. We now present to you Chief Charumbira, the President of PAP,” he said.
As Chief Charumbira assumes his new role, President Mnangagwa assured the regional organisation of his support to ensure economic development and integration.
“My government stands ready to continue supporting the Pan African Parliament to ensure the full participation of African people in the economic development and integration of the continent. Our founding fathers established the Pan African Parliament as a means of ensuring the full participation of African people in the economic development and integration of the continent.
“Leveraging on our rich heritage, knowledge systems and the unity of purpose that defines us as an Africa people, we must protect the legacy of our forebearers in the AU by defending and safeguarding the principles, vision and wisdom embedded in our continental institutions,” said the President.
He also said Senator Charumbira has a role to play in repairing the image of the Pan African Parliament in the eyes of the African citizenry.
“There is a huge weight of expectation on your shoulders as the man at the helm to lead the PAP on a transformative trajectory that will make it impactful to the people of Africa,” he added.
The man now at the helm of the African institution assured President Mnangagwa that he will not disappoint, pledging to diligently execute his duties.
“Your Excellency, you have given us your expectations and we will not disappoint the continent. We want the people to say, ‘now there’s a difference,’” he said.
Meanwhile, the African Parliamentarians also paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of Parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda.
Established in 2004, the Pan African Parliament is mandated to oversee sustainable development among member states.