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APRM and AU’s Peace and Security Council hold first joint meeting

– – Members of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the African Union’s Peace and Security Council are holding their first joint retreat in Durban, South Africa. The meeting is affording the two organizations the opportunity to discuss ways of better collaborating in identifying early warning signs of conflicts in Africa and devising the best way of tackling them. In 2003, the African Union established the APRM, a self-monitoring instrument to which member states accede voluntarily. It serves as an African-owned and African-led platform for self-assessment, peer-learning, and experience-sharing…

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KAIPTC and AU hold workshop to promote women peace agenda

– – The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and the African Union Commission have organized a training of trainers workshop to promote the Women Peace and Security(WPS) agenda in Africa. The workshop focused on the need to use the Continental Results Framework (CRF) to monitor and report on the WPS agenda. It brought together actors from some member states including Ghana, Namibia, the Gambia and the Central African Republic to promote the use of the CRF in reporting on the agenda of women peace and security. The Deputy…

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Al-Shabab claims responsibility for Somali blast

– – Militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for Thursday’s explosion outside a school in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. The explosion killed at least eight people, including school children as emergency workers continue search for more victims. 17 others are reported to have been wounded, according to police spokesman Abdifatah Adam Hassan. “We counted eight dead people and 17 others including 13 students injured,” Hassan told Reuters news agency. The blast happened during the morning rush hour near the busy Kilometre Four junction., according to eyewitnesses. This is a tragedy. The…

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AU Commission calls for removal of sanctions on Zimbabwe

– – The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has called for the removal of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe. In a statement Mr. Mahamat said he was “concerned by the negative impact of continued sanctions against the Republic of Zimbabwe to the country’s socio-economic development and recovery efforts.” Zimbabweans led by their president, Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2019 embarked on a march to demand an end to foreign sanctions. The government launched that campaign to make unpopular what it considered at the time foreign sanctions that have crippled…

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Accountability Music Awards opens nominations for 2021

– – Nominations have officially opened for the 2021 Accountability Music Awards (AMAs). The 2021 AMAs are a collaboration between Accountability Lab, the ONE Campaign and the African Union to honour African musicians whose music calls out the vice of corruption or advocates for good governance through the fight against corruption. By providing a platform for conscious musicians, the AMAs aim to galvanise citizens in demanding greater transparency and accountability from institutions, corporations and the African citizenry. The campaign also recognises the critical role that music can play in getting…

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African Union calls for peace in South Africa amid deadly unrest

– – Firefighters are also cleaning up the mess, helped by local residents wielding brooms. Police have also arrested hundreds of people for the violent unrest as the military makes efforts to bring the rioting under control. South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa met with leaders of political parties on Wednesday to discuss ways to address the unrest. “President Ramaphosa welcomed proposals made by political leaders and said expanded deployment of the South African National Defence Force was being addressed,” a government statement said. The jailing of a former president is…

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African Union suspends Mali over political crisis

– – The African Union is the latest organization to announce that it has suspened Mali following last week’s military coup. That was the second time in nine months soldiers had taken up arms to control the government. Last year the soldiers toppled the government led by ex-President Keita. A transitional process was in place after an interim President and prime minister were appointed. But that transitional administration has also been overthrown by the soldiers who were unhappy with a reshuffle carried out within the transitional government. The coup leader,…

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Ex-Ghanaian President withdraws as special AU envoy to Somalia

– – Former Ghanaian President John Mahama has withdrawn his acceptance as a special African Union (AU) envoy to mediate talks over the political crisis in Somalia. In a statement, Mr. Mahama attributed his decision to the lack of support by the Somali federal government. He said the proposed assignment required that he “enjoy the unalloyed support and co-operation of all political stakeholders”. On May 7, the AU appointed Mr Mahama as its special representative to Somalia. But the Somali government formally rejected Mr. Mahama’s appointment, citing his “extensive links” with Kenya,…

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African Union meets over political crisis in Chad

– – The African Union’s peace and security council is meeting on Thursday to discuss the political crisis in Chad. It follows what analysts say is a subtle military takeover after the death of the country’s leader, Idriss Déby. President Idriss Déby died during clashes with rebels who were advancing unto the country’s capital over the weekend. The army appointed President Idriss Déby’s son, Mahamat to take over, a move that has been rejected by the opposition politicians in Chad. Major opposition parties on Wednesday denounced what they called an…

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The African Union’s digital Covid-19 passport for travelers

– – The African Union has developed a common continental Covid-19 digital passport for travelers and airlines. It is an initiative by African Union’s lead health agency, the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). The technology is known as Trusted Travel, a platform that will enable passengers across Africa to securely and easily verify compliance with Covid-19 test or vaccine travel requirements issued by their destinations of choice. The platform has been made available to airlines since March 2021 as the continent continues to battle the pandemic.…

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