The African Union has taken steps to address alleged maladministration confronting the Pan African Parliament.
The decision was taken at the 31 African Union summit held in Mauritania last week, following a series of claims including financial irregularities.
This was revealed by South Africa’s international relations minister Lindiwe Sisulu during a media briefing on various international issues in Pretoria.
The Pan African Parliament’s President Nkondo Dang has been accused of misusing the institutions finances which led to him axing the institution’s clerk for confirming Dang’s abuse of funds.
There have been allegations of abuse of power by Pan African Parliament’s president. He has been accused of failing to table a report into the organisation and its finances.
In her address to the media, the minister said a lot of legal work had been done to get an independent audit.
Preliminary investigations into the institutions affairs and the use of its resources were reported to the African Union. Sisulu says Dang has no authority to fire PAP staff. She adds that the audit is expected to be completed by November.
Then there is the on-going conflict of the occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco. This is a matter that was discussed at the AU summit in Mauritania.
Sisulu said no finality had been reached but a team had been appointed to look into the matter. She said that consultations will continue on the matter.
This is the longest conflict on the continent and it appears it will take time to resolve.
The Saharawi President visited South Africa recently. Efforts to bring about peace and stability in South Sudan also came to the fore. Sisulu said it is about time the leaders found permanent peace and an end to human suffering. Leaders from neighbouring countries have called for sanctions.
Meanwhile, Sisulu said South Africa would re-visit the International Criminal Court debate. This is on whether to remain outside or re-apply to be a member. Click below for more on the story: