AU summit to consider appointment of 4 judges to African Court

AU Commission chair Moussa Faki Mahamat says at least $50 billion of illicit money flows out of Africa every year.

The African head of states and government gathering in Mauritius for the African Union summit. Picture: @_AfricanUnion/Twitter.

PRETORIA - The 31st Ordinary Session of The Assembly of African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government in Mauritius is expected to give consideration for the appointment of four judges to the African Court on Human and People’s Rights.

The summit, which is to be held over the weekend, is attended by several heads of state from Africa, including President Cyril Ramaphosa.

It’s understood Ramaphosa is accompanied by various South African officials, including International Relations and Co-operation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu as well as Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

With this year’s theme being “winning the fight against corruption”, the summit is also expected to appoint four members of the African Committee of Experts on The Rights and Welfare of The Child.

AU Commission chair Moussa Faki Mahamat says at least $50 billion of illicit money flows out of Africa every year.

That’s enough to lift countries out of poverty and change the lives of millions of Africans.

Dealing with this is a priority of the gathering in Nouakchott this weekend.

But leaders also have to look at sustaining the peace signed between South Sudan’s government and the rebels, whose five-year war has killed a hundred thousand and displaced millions.

They also have to press new member Morocco to end its illegal occupation of the Western Sahara which is Africa’s last colonial vestige.