Harare (New Ziana)- President Emmerson Mnangagwa on
Friday left for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he will join other African
Heads of State and Government at the 33rd African Union Summit.
The summit, to be held on 9 and 10 February, is this year focusing on
ending war and conflict on the continent.
It is running under the theme, “Silencing the guns: Creating conducive
conditions for Africa’s development.”
“Silencing the Guns” is a flagship project of the AU’s Agenda 2063
which is targeting to have a conflict-free Africa, prevent genocide,
make peace a reality for all and rid the continent of wars and all
forms of conflict.
Opening the 36th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Executive
Council on Thursday, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Faki
Mahamat said the efforts to maintain peace and security on the
continent were being stifled by security threats, terrorism and
“I would like to hope that during this year, and more than in the
past, your tireless efforts to build an Africa on solid economic and
political foundations will continue with determination, always
nourished by the spirit of Pan-Africanism,” he told the AU’s Executive
Council, which is made up of foreign affairs ministers from the body’s
On the sidelines of the Summit, other organs and agencies affiliated
to the AU, including the Organisation of African First Ladies for
Development, will also be holding their annual meetings.
First Lady, Auxilia Mnangagwa will attend.