Chakwera champions African constitutionalism

May 29, 2022

By Malawi Exclusive

President Lazarus Chakwera has arrived in the country from Davos, Switzerland where he joined other world leaders at World Economic Forum which took place from 21-25 May.

On his way back home, he stopped in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea where he participated in two African Union summits from 25 – 28 May.

Speaking at the African Union summit President Lazarus Chakwera strongly spoke against all forms of terrorism and extremism in Africa.

The President was speaking after attending an extra ordinary summit of the African Union on Terrorism and Unconstitutional changes of governments.

Chakwera, who is also the chairperson of SADC, said terrorism and extremism have no place in Africa and the world.

“It is disheartening to think of a fire situation that ordinary citizens find themselves in because of the armed conflicts,” he said.

Other African leaders also echoed President Chakwera’s sentiments, saying in such armed conflicts, it is women and children who suffer most.

The Heads of State and Government and other donor partners took turns to condemn the upsurge of terrorism on the African Continent which they say continues to make the ordinary citizens suffer.

In his remarks, the host, President Theodore Obiang Nguema Basogo, called for joint efforts in dealing with terrorism saying it derails development in many African countries.

“It is sad to observe that terrorists have found loopholes in unemployed youth in Africa hence the need to work together in dealing with the problem,” Basogo said.

President Basogo said unrest brings down economic growth to the neighbouring countries as African countries rely on each other.

He said no country is safe from terrorism and that there’s a need for collective efforts to deal with the vice.

The leaders and delegates also observed that terrorist groups can be dysfunctional without funding saying there is a great need for the AU to probe the sources of the weapons and training of the terrorists.

Among other agendas, the leaders agreed to follow the AU Lome Declaration of 2000 which decided to tackle the issue of unconstitutional changes of government by not recognizing the governments.

President of the AU Moussa Faki Mahamat said countering terrorism requires joint efforts with those countries that are stable.

The United Nations assured the AU that it will continue dealing with terrorism and unconstitutional changes of governments in Africa.

It is reported that over 3 million people have been driven out of their homes because of the conflicts taking place in many parts of Africa.

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