The Honorable Ombudsman yesterday, the 25th September 2018 participated in the celebrations of African Union Day under the theme Pan Africanism in Southern Africa. She made a presentation on the history and role of Pan Africanism with particular focus on how reviving the Pan African spirit can help Africa achieve common goals on the continent.

Speaking at the conference, the Honorable Ombudsman said "If we know the 'purpose' of Pan-Africanism then the steps to achieve its goals become clearer to understand. It is in this context that we can begin to understand the emergence of the African Union. It would be a mistake to view the African Union as an aberration that just emerged in the last few years. It would be more appropriate to view the AU as only the latest incarnation of the idea of Pan-Africanism".

The Honorable Ombudsman further explained that it was important to note that the African Union has achieved a new Image for Africa, Improved relations with the industrialized world, continental peace, ensuring credible elections, and establishment of AU institutions.

In closing her speech, The Honorable Ombudsman quoted Nelson Mandela who she believes is one of the greatest Pan Africanist of all time, and who was also being celebrated.

"'During my life time I have dedicated my life to the struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realized. But my Lord if it needs be, it is an ideal for which am prepared to die".

"It is on standing on the shoulders of such huge giants and getting inspiration from them that I have no doubt in my mind that Africa as a people and African Union as a machinery shall overcome the current problems that we are facing today" she said.

Published by: henri Kachisi
published on: 2018-09-26 - 09:55:00