Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa says Africa is on course in implementing the vision of the continent’s founding fathers who wanted to see a politically free and prosperous Africa which is united.
In an interview with ZBC News in Harare today, Cde Mnangagwa said now that the first phase is over – the liberation of Africa, the continent is now moving towards the second phase which entails establishing one community, one political and economic block.
He said the establishment of five economic regions is another milestone towards integration which entails bringing together the economies of the member countries.
Cde Mnangagwa said the current crop of leaders have a huge task to undertake economic integration and eventually create the United States of Africa which was envisaged by the founding fathers.
Under this arrangement, the Vice President said the five regions should talk to each other and form an African economy with diverse cultures.
He said this can be achieved through investing in youth by providing education, good health and infrastructure skills to enable them to compete with the developed world.
Vice President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe is playing its part in the movement towards the realisation of the African dream through the provision of education, industrialisation, agriculture and value addition.
Regarding conflicts on the continent, Cde Mnangagwa said African problems should be resolved by Africans themselves and leaders should dialogue and ensure peace and security.
He noted that some of the conflicts are coming from outside and if African states work together, they can be resolved amicably.
Cde Mnangagwa said every African region should embrace the SADC example where brotherly states come together to resolve conflicts in the neighbouring state.
On the issue of the re-admission of Morocco despite colonising the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Vice President Mnangagwa said a move could have been made to ensure that the continent reigns in on the Arab country to respect and obey the African Charter which is against colonisation and violation of another country and violating its democratic rights and sovereignty.
Africa Day is observed on the continent and beyond to celebrate the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now AU, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on the 25th of May in 1963.
The founding fathers include Mwalimu Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Sekou Toure of Guinea, Ben Bella of Algeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe of Nigeria, Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and Abdel Nasser of Egypt among others.
The President, Cde Robert Mugabe representing the liberation movement of Zimbabwe and his Namibian contemporary Sam Nujoma were also present at its formation.