Pres Mnangagwa back from AU summit

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived back home from Mauritania where he attended the 31st African Union summit.

The President was received at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport by Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga, Mines and Mining Development Minister Cde Winston Chitando, Harare Metropolitan province Minister of State Cde Miriam Chikukwa, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda, service chiefs and senior government officials.

The President’s delegation to Nouakchott included Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Retired Lieutenant General Sibusiso Moyo and Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development Minister Dr Mike Bimha.

The President, who made his maiden appearance as a member of the 15-member African Union Peace and Security Council, said Africa should adequately fund its peace-keeping activities to minimise over-reliance on donors and promote African solutions to African challenges.

President Mnangagwa made his contribution on the debate on preventing corruption in Africa where he emphasized the need to adopt a new attitude of hard work, honest and uprightness among the people.

Several other African leaders spoke on how they are tackling corruption with various constitutional bodies and entities but a panel of researchers revealed that corruption is on the rise on the continent despite the existence of anti-corruption entities.

Besides the debate on corruption, the African leaders also discussed updates on the Continental Free Trade Area following the signing and ratification by some African countries.

The meeting also reviewed some activities and received reports on state of affairs on the continent, including how Africa and the Caribbean states are going to deal with the European Union after the expiry of the Cotonou Agreement in 2020.