Nairobi: Twelve years after African governments pledged in the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to healthcare by 2015, just six countries have met this goal. Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Togo and Zambia have met the target, and five other countries are spending at least 13 percent of their annual budgets on health, according to data compiled by the UN World Health Organization (WHO). While on aggregate spending on health has increased - up to 10.6 percent from 8.8 - about a quarter of African Union (AU) member-states have regressed and are now spending less on health than they were in 2001, adds the WHO data.
Harare: Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa yesterday said Government welcomed the African Union’s assessment that the prevailing situation in the country was conducive for a free and fair election and called on all political parties and candidates to maintain the prevailing environment to ensure credible polls on July 31. Minister Chinamasa said this in an interview following the AU Peace and Security Council meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last week where the continental body’s long term observer mission that has been in the country since June 15 presented it’s report.
Addis Ababa: Muna Omer, Special Envoy of the interim Egyptian President, said Egypt “regretted” the African Union’s decision to suspend the troubled North African nation and hoped the decision would be reversed in “the next few weeks.” Ms. Omer made her remarks on a visit to Addis Ababa to brief the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on events that have followed the recent domestic upheaval following the military’s removal of elected President Mohammed Mursi and the installation of an interim government in his place.
Abuja: President Goodluck Jonathan Saturday in Lagos restated the opposition of Nigeria and the African Union to the unconstitutional removal of any democratically-elected government. Speaking during an audience with Ambassador Raouf Saad, Special Envoy of the Interim President of Egypt, Mr. Adly Mansour at the State House, Marina, President Jonathan declared that the Federal Government maintains its stand that only the electorate in any country have the constitutional right to remove an elected leader.
Addis Ababa: The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 385th meeting held on 19 July 2013, was briefed by the Department of Political Affairs of the AU Commission on the preparations for upcoming elections in Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Mali, Togo and Guinea Bissau. Council takes note of the briefing made by the Commissioner for Political Affairs on upcoming elections in Africa and the statements made by the Representatives of Zimbabwe, Mali and Togo.
Cairo: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is preparing to sponsor trips to various African nations in an effort to “explain the truth of developments that occurred in Egypt recently,” according to a statement. The ministry, according to its spokesman, Badr Abdel Atty, will dispatch delegations headed by six senior envoys to speak with high ranking officials in a number of African states to detail and explain the roadmap put in place by the constitutional declaration on 3 July.
Addis Ababa: The African Union (AU) High-Level Panel for Egypt, established by the Chairperson of the Commission in response to the situation in that country, held its inaugural meeting today at the AU headquarters, in Addis Ababa. The meeting was attended by the three members of the Panel, namely former President of the Republic of Mali and former Chairperson of the AU Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare, Chair of the Panel; Gontebanye Festus Mogae, former President of the Republic of Botswana; and Dileita Dileita Mohamed, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Djibouti. The AU Commissioner for Peace and Security also participated in the meeting.
Addis Ababa: The African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) calls on State Parties to commit to promote democracy, rule of law and human rights (Art 4, ACDEG). In particular, the Charter calls on Member States to take all appropriate measures to ensure Constitutionalism and Rule of Law (Art 5, ACDEG). Furthermore, the African Union has taken a strong stand on putting a definitive end to incidences of unconstitutional changes in government which undermine the progress achieved in the ongoing democratization processes on the continent and constitute a threat to peace and security in Africa.
Addis Ababa: The Second Meeting of the Coordination Committee of the Africa-Arab Partnership convened Monday 8th July 2013, at the African Union Headquarter, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in preparation for the third Africa-Arab Summit, scheduled to take place in November 2013, in the State of Kuwait.
Ankara: Ethiopian Ambassador to Ankara Mulatu Teshome Wirtu said African Union could not stand silent about Egyptian military coup, regarding to union's suspension of Egypt's membership after coup. Wirtu, evaluating the reasons of the suspension, said "In according to African Union charted we cannot simply stand silent." Reminding that almost all African countries had been victim of coup d'etat, Wirtu stated "That is why African countries came to common agreement that if any regime changed with the violence or coup d'etat we should not condone this country or this regime, we should expel it or suspend its membership."