‘ugabe was present at founding of OAU in 1963’
By Anthony Opara
The Southern African nation of Zimbabwe has recalled the fact that it owes its Independence to, among other efforts, the work done by fellow African states to ensure its liberation.
This disclosure was made by its Foreign Minister, Honourable Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, in an event to flag off the 2017 edition of the annual celebrations of Africa Day, being the anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity, OAU on May 25, 1963.
The OAU has since been transformed into the African Union, AU.
Mumbengegwi also noted that since the foundation of modern Zimbabwe was put in place in 1980, the country, has been doing its utmost to continue to foster the cause of African development, integration and growth.
It is significant to note that the Zimbabwean leader, President Robert Mugabe was present at the inaugural summit of the Organisation of African Unity, OAU, at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1963.
Importantly also, it was during his leadership of the AU in 2015 that the overriding Agenda 2063 project, and more specifically the foundations of the current Africa Passport scheme were more definitively established.
The African Passport scheme is the focus of Africa Day Celebrations in Lagos, Nigeria being hosted by The Difference Newspaper at the Bankers House, Victoria Island on Thursday May 25, 2017