africanunion.jpgMay 25 is a special day and occupies an indelible space in the history of Africa. It is a day to also pay tribute to sons and daughters of this continent who lost their lives during struggles to free the continent from colonialism, apartheid and other sorts of racial discrimination.

 

ZBC News Department held several interviews with some African ambassadors on tour of duty in Zimbabwe who attended Africa Day commemorations in Harare to find out if all African countries are still committed to the ideals of the founding fathers.

Forty seven years ago, on the 25th of May, 32 African leaders met in Addis Ababa and established the Organisation of African Unity, whose main objective was to liberate the African continent from imperialism and apartheid.

 

 In 1991, the OAU established the African economic community and in 2002 the OAU established its own successor, the African Union (AU). However, the name and date of Africa Day has been retained as a celebration of African unity.
 
Despite attempts by some yesteryear colonial masters to divide the African continent, the current crop of leadership is determined to maintain peace and stability on the continent. 

 

Ambassador Kunle Adeyanju of Nigeria and ambassador Mwanananga Mwawampanga of DRC who is also the dean of the diplomatic corps said Zimbabwe is a lucky country to have a leader like president Robert Mugabe who has continued to safeguard the ideologies of the founding fathers.

 

Ambassador Kekana Nangula of Namibia and Ambassador Elsiddieg Abdalla of Sudan reiterated the same sentiments adding that peace in the continent can only be attained through working together and solidarity of all member states.

 

 The two ambassadors also paid tribute to President Mugabe and the role that Zimbabwe played to bring stability to their respective countries.

 

Among the leaders who founded the OAU were visionary African nationalists such as emperor haile selassie of Ethiopia, dr nkwame Nkrumah of Ghana, sir abubakar tafawa balewa of Nigeria and Mwalimu Julius Nyerere of Tanzania. The OAU successfully completed the task it was founded for and the formation of the African Union is forging ahead with the promotion of peace, security and stability on the continent.     

   

The African union has established and operationalised a number of organs including the pan African parliament, the peace and security council and the economic, social and cultural council. However most African countries are still faced with a number of challenges among them poverty, disease and in some areas destructive wars and conflicts.