african au leaders.jpgThe Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe is in the Ugandan capital, Kampala for the 15th Session of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

 

He was met by Foreign Affairs minister, Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Justice and Legal Affairs minister, Cde Patrick Chinamasa, Health and Child Welfare minister, Dr Henry Madzorera, Zimbabwean ambassador to Kenya and Uganda, Mr Kelebert Nkomani and AU officials.

 

The summit is being held under the theme, ‘Maternal, Infant and Child-health and Development in Africa’.

 

It will act as a platform to advocate for an integrated and multi-sectoral approach to all millennium development goals.

 

The meeting is expected to examine progress reports for various commissions, which include the Report of the Commission on Climate Change Negotiations, the Report of the Commission on the Implementation of The Year of Peace and Security in Africa and the Progress Report of the Commission on The Abuse of The Principle of Universal Jurisdiction.

 

Zimbabwe is currently one of the 5 members of the AU Peace and Security Council for three years.

 

Other areas to be covered are agriculture and food security, malaria, UN reforms, infrastructure and energy.

 

Meanwhile, Cde John L. Nkomo is Acting President.

 

African leaders yesterday condemned Somalia’s al Shabaab rebels, the group behind attacks that killed 76 people in Uganda this month.

 

The African Union (AU) meeting in the Ugandan capital, the site of two suicide attacks on soccer fans watching the World Cup final on television, has put the Somali crisis at the top of the agenda and more than 30 African leaders are under pressure to respond.

 

The summit’s main debating point has been the mandate of an AU peacekeeping force of 6,300, which has been responsible for preventing Somalia’s government falling to rebel attacks in the capital Mogadishu.

 

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda told some 35 Heads of State who convened in Kampala that the continent needs to step up its efforts against terror.

 

“Let us work in concert to sweep terrorists out of Africa,” he said.

 

The July 11 bombings in Kampala were claimed by an al-Qaeda-linked militant group in Somalia. The group, al-Shabab, said the attacks were in retaliation for civilian deaths caused by AU peacekeepers in Somalia.

 

Al-Shabab also has called on Somalis to fight AU peacekeepers.