Zimbabwean president travels to Ethiopia for AU summit

HARARE- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa left Harare on Friday for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he will join other African leaders at the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU).

The Heads of State Summit will run from Feb. 10 to 11 under the theme “Refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons: towards durable solutions to forced displacement in Africa”.

This is Mnangagwa’s second foreign visit in 2019 after he went on a four-nation tour of Eastern Europe last month to drum up investment for the country.

Africa is struggling with a rising population of refugees and internally displaced persons due to endemic conflicts.

Conflict-ridden Burundi, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Mali, Somalia and Sudan are some of the leading source countries for refugees and internally displaced persons.

The AU has set itself an ambitious target to “silence the guns” by 2020 but analysts contend that efforts could be hampered by lack of funding and difficulties in disarming fragile communities, among other challenges.

Source: Ghana News Agency