president in e.guinea.jpgThe Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, who left Harare late Wednesday afternoon, has arrived in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea to attend an African Union Summit which starts this Thursday.

He was met in Equatorial Guinea by Zimbabwean Ministers, Cdes Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Saviour Kasukuwere and Dr Olivia Muchena as well as some senior government officials from the country.

The Summit is expected to focus on youth empowerment for sustainable development.

 

The Libyan issue will also be discussed at the Summit and the high level panel will submit its report, with the SADC giving recommendations.

 

The Summit is also expected to endorse the transformation of the Pan African Parliament into a legislative body.

According to the fourth Vice President of the Pan African Parliament, Cde Joram Gumbo, all the requisite recommendations were made by the African Union Ministers of Justice ahead of the AU Summit in Equatorial Guinea to the effect that the body be changed from a purely advisory one to a legislative one.

Expressing reservations on the degree of its power in making laws that affect the continent, Cde Gumbo said the Pan African Parliament will initially begin with issues of common interest among member states such as climate change and the need for a univisa so as to allow a slow transition to major issues.

“We will of course begin with the areas of common interest such as climate change and the univisa system. We are not going to be as strong as the European Union but we will get there,” said Cde Gumbo.

The parliament was mooted in Libya in 2001 by the fifth Extra-ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government.

The parliament makes recommendations it may deem fit, relating to matters pertaining to respect of human rights, the consolidation of democratic institutions and the culture of democracy, as well as the promotion of good governance and the rule of law.

 

Meanwhile, Vice President Joice Mujuru is the Acting President.