African Union (AU) would not work with people who use military might to take over power on the continent.
The Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) African Union, Bankole Adeoye who was speaking ahead of AU Reflection Forum on Unconstitutional Changes of Government in Africa in Accra said “no excuses will be acceptable for a change of government that is undemocratic,”.
He said, it was against this background that AU in 2021 suspended four countries due to illegal acquisition of power by the military.
He bemoaned the current military adventurism and act of terrorism in some of the parts of the continent which is threatening peace and security for many Africans.
He said leaders of the continent must examine why Africa was the only place in the contemporary world where the military want to cling to power.
Mr. Adeoye said it was, therefore, necessary for stakeholders, government, private sector and civil society to come together to examine and probe into the challenges regarding illegal power acquisition in the continent.
Speaking at the Forum, he said it was to help the leadership on the continent to come up with solutions to end this trend.
He said the Forum would offer AU the opportunity to deliberate on strategies to promote constitutionalism and Rule of Law to entrench democracy and inclusive governance on the continent adding that would enhance peace, security and stability in Africa.
On his part, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong said the Forum would deliberate on issues of the Constitutive Act amended in January 2007 at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which dwells on a catalyst for building a Culture of Peace and Political Stability in Africa.
He said the recent Coup d’états in Africa has prompted the AU to navigate through its Constitutive Act that holds the principle of diminished Sovereignty for all its member state adding that this would enable it [AU] redefine the whole concept of unconstitutional change of government.
The Reflection Forum will strategize on the existing AU normative (regulatory) framework and the preventive diplomatic mechanisms to guard against unconstitutional changes of government in Africa.
The outcome of the Forum is expected to feed into the upcoming AU Extraordinary Summit on Terrorism and Unconstitutional Changes of Government scheduled to be held at the end of May, in Equatorial Guinea.
Patience Anaadem, ISD