All Africa Conference of Churches Congratulates New African Union Chairperson, President Felix Tshisekedi
Church Body Urges Him To Make Ending Armed Conflicts in Africa Top Priority
The All Africa Conference Of Churches (AACC) has urged the newly elected chairperson of the African Union (AU), DRC President, Felix Tshisekedi, to make the ending of armed conflicts in the continent as his “topmost priority.”
In a congratulatory message to the newly elected chairperson, the AACC General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Fidon Mwombeki, stated that maintaining and preserving peace remained a topmost priority, and called on the new chairperson to recommit the leadership of the African continent to the full implementation of the Agenda 2063.
Rev. Dr Mwombeki said in his letter that the AACC was concerned by the continued missing of targets set out in Agenda 2063.
“Last year, Africa missed its target of Silencing the Guns by 2020.” Instead, tragically, in 2020, new conflicts emerged, inter alia in the Sahel region and Ethiopia, the host country of the African Union Commission,” stated the General Secretary.
President Tshisekedi took over at the helm of the AU from South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, at the 34thOrdinary Session of the Assembly of heads of state and government held on 6-7 February, 2021.
The AACC welcomed the AU theme for the year 2021, “Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We want.”
“Africa needs to maximize on the potential of the arts to unite it and to catalyse peace, tolerance and harmony across the continent,” stated the General Secretary.
Appreciating the operationalization of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AFCTA) in 2020, Rev Dr Mwombeki urged President Tshisekedi to encourage the remaining countries to ratify the treaty, and for its full implementation. The General Secretary noted that Covid-19 pandemic had met Africa unprepared, and called for African governments to meet their commitments to the health sector.
He noted further that endemic corruption and growing debt are a concern for churches.
“We continue to raise our voice and alert governments as our moral obligation to stop corruption, and to curb the growing public debt in Africa. The growing debt continues to draw African governments into strangleholds of foreign lenders, threatening the future independence of our countries,” noted the General Secretary.
He said that faith communities are ready and willing to work with the AU for the betterment of the people of the continent.
“Faith communities are an indispensable facet to Africa’s development. We work in the frontlines of seeking justice, fighting poverty, and providing social services; and the spiritual development of humanity,” he noted.
The General Secretary also sent letters of congratulations to His Excellency, Mahamat Moussa Faki, who was re-elected to a second term as the chairperson of the Africa Union Commission (AUC), as well as to His Excellency Amb. Bankole Adegboyega Adeoye, Commissioner, AU Peace and Security Council. He wished the two officials all the success as they embark on their critical work in the transformation of Africa.
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