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Mugabe hands over AU chair, raps UN




Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe, has handed over the African Union Chairperson’s office to President Idriss Itno Déby of Chad.

As the outgoing Chairman of the African Union, President Mugabe received a standing ovation when he called for UN Security Council reforms.

“If the UN is to survive, we (Africa) must be equal members,” he said at the 26 African Union Summit ongoing at the AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

“Every year we pay lots of money to go to the UN, make speeches, go home, but the UN Security Council calls shots.”

He said Africa will no longer tolerate denial of rights and treatment in a manner “we regard as not equal”.

“You still get some people saying because we are white and you are black, we can’t give you a seat at the UN Security Council.”


President Idriss Itno Déby of Chad.

The 90-year-old Zimbabwe president, was voted African Union chairperson in January 2015.

The AU chairmanship is rotational and Mugabe had replaced Mauritania’s President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

While accepting his new position, Mugabe lashed at imperialists: “As Africa friends we shall have yes, but imperialists no more.”

“Africa resources should only belong to Africa and only those who are Africa’s friends, not colonial imperialists,” he pursued.

He further called for renewed commitment on gender equality saying it should effectively be implemented when the 2015 June AU session sits.

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