We want new ideas, Mugabe tells AU

2012-08-07 11:36
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. (File, Sapa)

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. (File, Sapa)

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Cape Town - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has called on the new African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to reassert the continent’s sovereignty.

The Herald online reported on Tuesday that Mugabe made the call at a banquet held in his honour by his Zambian counterpart President Michael Sata last week.

"We want the new leadership to reassert that Africa is not only defined by geography, but also by a set of values and principles which we have freely adopted as independent states over the years.

"These values include freedom, respect for the sovereign will of the people, as well as sustainable development and the eradication of poverty, among others.

"We welcome the election of the new chairperson of the commission and look forward to the injection of new ideas and vigour into the affairs of our union."

Dlamini-Zuma landed the post after beating the incumbent, Gabon's Jean Ping, at the last session of the AU meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last month.

She got the backing of 37 countries.

 
- News24
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