Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat says the Pan African Parliament should be in the forefront of fighting corruption across Africa, including the ever increasing illicit flow of money in the continent.
Mahmat has officially opened the sixth ordinary session of the PAP in Midrand, north of Johannesburg.
“The debate that has been organised by the parliament on the report of the high level panel led by former President Thabo Mbeki on the illicit financial flows is an invaluable contribution to the theme adopted for 2018, which is Fight Against Corruption.”
“I encourage all the members of parliament to discuss this issue and theme in their respect assemblies and parliament.”
Meanwhile Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Thandi Modise has called on the Pan African Parliament to consider allocating the body’s president on a rotational basis, as is the case within the African Union.
Modise, who was sworn-in as a member of the PAP on Monday, says South Africa will not offer a candidate for president of the continental body during the current two-week ordinary session.
“We do believe that this parliament should actually have its presidency on a rotational basis like is the case within the AU. This we think is overdue for the SADC Region and that is why South Africa will back a candidate from SADC to take over the presidency of the African Parliament. The fact that we don’t take presidency doesn’t mean South Africa will never take it.”