The Summit, which is being held under the theme “Pan Africanism and African renaissance”, is aimed at celebrating Africa’s past, present and future and to energize Africa’s population to accelerate the agenda of Pan-Africanism and renaissance in the 21st Century in tandem with NEPAD.
Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Susan Sikaneta said President Michael sata is scheduled to arrive tomorrow at Bole International Airport.
President sata’s delegation comprises First Lady, Christine Kaseba, who will be attending the Organization of African First Ladies (OAFLA) General Assembly on the sidelines of the AU heads of state summit.
Ms Sikaneta said the 50 years celebrations will be a historical event, adding that 50 y ears ago , much of Africa was still under the yoke of colonialism and apartheid and today it is gratifying to note that the continent has been liberated from all forms of subjugation.
“We all know that the last 50 years have been fraught with so many challenges, but through it all we are proud of our achievements,” Ms sikaneta said.
She said the summit will look at the successes scored and the challenges still being faced as the continent tries to develop. ‘’It will be an opportunity to rebrand Africa and take it to the next level,” She said.
Other programmes on President Sata’s agenda will include the 10th Heads of State UN reform meeting which Zambia is a member, the 19th summit of the African Peer Review forum (APRM) and the 29th session of the NEPAD Heads of State and government orientation committee meeting.
President Sata will also attend the African leaders’ malaria alliance to review the progress made in combating malaria on the continent which will be concluded with landmark proclamation of the 50th Anniversary of the OAU/AU. The proclamation is a vision for Africa in the next 50 years.
Besides being a partner of nations which pioneered the formation of the African Union, Zambia was the chosen host of the transformation of the Organisation of the African Union into the African Union in 2001 at Lusaka’s Mulungushi International Conference Centre.
Meanwhile, First Republican President, Kenneth Kaunda, is this weekend expected to be hounoured by the African Union (AU) for his immense and selfless contribution to the liberation of Southern Africa.
Dr Kaunda is one of the founding fathers of what used to be called the Organization of African Unity, (OAU) which led to the liberation of the African continent.
Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Susan Sikaneta, says honouring of Dr Kaunda will be part of the activities to Celebrate 50 years of the African Union existence from inception when it was Organization of African unity (OAU).
Mrs sikaneta said honouring Dr Kaunda will be a great honour for Zambia. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday 25th of May which is Africa Freedom Day during the Golden Jubilee celebrations, after which Dr Kaunda will address the gathering on the topic ‘’back in time”.
Dr Kaunda will also address an African youth and children’s integrated forum which will constitute an opportunity for intergenerational exchange, where young people will interact with current leaders and some of those who founded the OAU like, Dr Kaunda .
In addition to his efforts in Zambia, Dr Kaunda was in the forefront of the efforts to liberate all of Africa, serving as the President of the Pan African Freedom Movement for east, central and southern Africa (pafmesca) in 1962 and as chairman of the Organization of the African of African unity (OAU) from 1970 to 1973.
Dr Kaunda also played key roles in the mitigation of territorial disputes between Kenya and Somalia and the liberation movements in Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.