By Staff Writer
Delegates at the just ended 10th Conference of Speakers of African Assemblies and Senates have proposed an extension to the dedication period regarding this year’s African Union theme as they believe a year is not enough for such an integral issue.
African Union theme for this year is “Finding durable solutions to forced migration to accelerate intergration and development in Africa: the role of national and regional Parliaments” and many its one of the continent’s greatest nemesis, and far an important issue to be dedicated only a year.
The 10th Speakers’ conference was held in Midrand, South Africa during the Pan African Parliament sitting of Committees of the Pan African Parliament.
“Issues of refugees and forced displacement is a very serious issue in Africa and its threatening the continent’s development.It then disapoints me why such an important issue can only be accorded a year of dedication yet its one of the greatest threats threatening Africa’s peace,” said Hon. Senator Rebecca Kadanga Speaker of Parliament from Uganda.
She also expressed dismay in some of our African leaders who are practicing politics of exclusion while also pleaded with Head of State to stop ratifying instruments they wont sign while explaining the ironic situations most of refugees find themselves in especially if they move to Europe.
“Why do we create policies of exclusion which cause our people to leave.”Heads of States should stop their tendency ratifying instruments that they wont sign.
“The irony is that when African countries obtained their independence it was against the very European countries that most African citizen are running to,” she said.
Libya also lamented the lack of support from PAP in their current strife and called them upon to lift the military embargo.
“We have not enjoyed PAP support recently and we want to express sadness in the plight of refugees situation in Libya.
“We need to find solutions cause the criminals are wrecking havoc on innocent people.
“As people of Libya we call upon Africa to lift its military embargo on is so that we fight back the militia coming into our country and enslaving innocent souls,” said the Libyan Speaker of Parliament.