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How the African Union Commission is failing Africa

How the African Union Commission is failing Africa How the African Union Commission is failing Africa
The African Union, the 54-member state continental body, is to elect a new leader this week [AP]

The African Union Commission, an organisation tasked with promoting unity and development across the African continent, has recently come under scrutiny for its failure to effectively address key issues affecting the region.

In particular, the AUC has been accused of following a policy of double standards and serving an agenda that does not align with Africa’s best interests.

How the African Union Commission is failing Africa
Mohamed El Hacen Lebatt, African Union Commission Chief of Staff and African Union Spokesperson on the crisis in Sudan speaks during a press conference following their meeting of the Extended Mechanism on the Sudan Crisis at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa on May 31, 2023 [AMANUEL SILESHI/AFP via Getty Images]
One of the most glaring examples of the AUC’s failure can be seen in its response to the ongoing crisis in Sudan. In September, the AUC Chairperson, Moussa Mahamat, held a meeting with the political adviser to General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, head of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). This meeting was condemned by the Sudanese Foreign Ministry, who accused the AUC of disregarding the violence and human rights abuses committed by the RSF.

The RSF has been implicated in numerous human rights violations, including the killing of thousands of innocent civilians. Despite this, the AUC not only failed to condemn the meeting but also defended it through its spokesperson, Mohamed Lebatt. This shows a clear disregard for the lives and well-being of the Sudanese people, and highlights the AUC’s lack of commitment to promoting peace and justice in the region.

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Furthermore, the AUC’s response to the crisis in Sudan demonstrates a lack of effective leadership and a failure to address the root causes of the conflict. While cease-fire agreements have been brokered by external mediators, these have consistently failed to bring an end to the violence, leading to the displacement of millions of people. The AUC has done little to advocate for a sustainable solution or provide the necessary support for the Sudanese people affected by the conflict.

The AUC’s failure in Sudan is reflective of a larger problem within the organisation – a lack of accountability and transparency. The AUC is meant to serve as a representative body for African nations, yet it often operates without consulting or considering the opinions and needs of its member states. This not only undermines the credibility and effectiveness of the AUC, but also perpetuates a culture of impunity and lack of trust.

How the African Union Commission is failing Africa
The African Union, the 54-member state continental body, is to elect a new leader this week [AP]
In order for the AUC to truly fulfil its mandate and effectively serve the people of Africa, several key reforms are necessary. First and foremost, the AUC needs to prioritise the interests and well-being of African nations over any personal or political agendas. This requires a commitment to impartiality and a clear framework for accountability.

Additionally, it is crucial that the AUC engages in open and transparent dialogue with its member states, ensuring that decisions are made collectively and in the best interest of all. This will help to build trust and foster a sense of ownership and partnership among member states, ultimately leading to more effective and sustainable solutions.

Finally, the AUC must prioritise the promotion of peace, justice, and development in Africa. This means actively working to prevent and resolve conflicts, as well as addressing the underlying causes of instability and inequality. By taking a proactive and holistic approach, the AUC can play a crucial role in driving positive change and ensuring a brighter future for the people of Africa.

In conclusion, the African Union Commission is failing Africa through its policy of double standards, lack of effective leadership, and a failure to address key issues affecting the region. In order to fulfil its mandate and effectively serve the people of Africa, the AUC must prioritise accountability, transparency, and the promotion of peace and development. It is only through these reforms that the AUC can truly become a force for positive change and progress in Africa.


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