The African Union (AU) has called on member states to reaffirm its resolution to eliminate and eradicate illegal weapons in order to eradicate economic instability.
Opening the 14th African Union Emergency Conference (virtual Conference) The Chairperson of the Union who is also the President of the Republic of South Africa, Hon. Cyril Ramaphosa said it was difficult for the African continent to make economic progress if security was not given priority and allowed conflict to continue.
President Ramaphosa added that the time has come for African countries, especially those in conflict and war, to ensure that they address the sources of the unrest and improve the economic situation of citizens, the rule of law, and adhere to the principles of justice and good governance.
Representing the President of the United Republic of Tanzania Hon. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli at the meeting, Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Prof. Palamagamba Kabudi said the conference was discussing the plan and strategy of the past 10 years to eradicate and remove illegal weapons and build peace on the African continent.
“The United Republic of Tanzania has supported the AU resolution to extend another 10 years of eradicating illegal weapons and reaffirm its active participation in ensuring that Africa resolves all its conflicts without foreign interference, but also urges African countries to prevent all the conflicts and disputes that for many years have cost Africa the most, ”said Prof. Kabudi
Prof. Kabudi added that, since the move to eradicate and remove illegal weapons from 2017 to 2019, more than 1,233 weapons have been recovered and the Government will continue its efforts to ensure that it recognizes all weapons.
In addition, Prof. Kabudi said Tanzania will continue to work with all countries to achieve lasting peace and stability throughout the Great Lakes region, and the Government of Tanzania will continue to make its contribution to various war-torn countries including the DRC as well as the Central African Republic and elsewhere, his military forces will be sent to keep the peace.
And the President of Ghana, Hon. Nana Akufo-Addo said that Ghana joins the African Union (AU) and will continue to ensure that it eliminates and removes illegal weapons with a view to strengthening peace, unity and cooperation in the AU.
“Ghana since 2014 we have embarked on a strategy to prevent and eradicate illegal use of illegal weapons by verifying and registering all owners of firearms, also last year 2019 in collaboration with the United Nations (UN) we have been able to continue controlling illegal weapons,” he said. President Akufo-Addo
And the President of Somalia, Hon. Mohamed Farmajo said that the issue of peace and security is a very important issue for society so Somalia joins the African Union in ensuring that they eliminate and eradicate illegal weapons and build peace on the African continent.
President Mohammed added that peace and security will be remembered as the foundation for development in the community. In addition, the President called on the African Union to work closely with Somalia to ensure that they eradicate terrorist groups (Alshabab) for the development of the African region.
Among other things, the African Union has agreed to extend the period of elimination and eradication of illicit weapons and build peace on the African continent for the next 10 years from 2021 to 2030.