There was drama at the 27th African Union (AU) Summit in Kigali Rwanda on Sunday when President Paul Kagame’s guards engaged in a fistfight with guards of other Heads of State including those of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
The mayhem ensued when Kagame’s men tried to stop security escorts of other dignitaries from entering the conference room where the summit was meant to take place.
A titanic clash then ensued between Museveni’s elite Special Forces Command (SFC) and Kagame’s boys, coming down to an exchange of fists.
During the struggle, a smiling president Museveni was seen sneaking through under the armpit of some of the struggling guards at the door that leads to the conference room.
Meanwhile, the African presidents who met at the summit launched the African Union Passport, considered a critical development to ease free movement of people, spur economic growth and development as well as promote Intra-African trade.
African Heads of State officially launched the passport during the Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU), paving the way for beginning the process to commence issuance of this travel document.
Regional trade integration has long been a strategic objective for Africa yet, despite some success in eliminating non-tariff barriers within regional communities, the African market remains highly fragmented.
With the promotion of Intra-African trade, it will boost and ease doing business within African countries which later will reduce the trade deficit among African nations.
Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said the issuance of African passport was one of the African strategic initiatives to disband all movement restrictions, which will eventually create a conducive environment for inter-African trade.