AU chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has angrily slammed leaders in some of the countries in the continent for forcing their people to endure intense hardship for the benefit of their selfish desires.
Giving her new year message to members of the African Union Commission (AU) in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, Dlamini-Zuma said the growing rifts within most African countries are mostly caused by selfish leaders who care less about the welfare of those they lead.
She made mention of countries like South Sudan, Burundi, Central African Republic and Gambia where she blamed their leaders for being behind the crisis that has resulted in mass destruction of lives and properties.
Report has it that at least 500 000 people have been killed and around two million displaced, as violent atrocities continue to be committed against civilians.
“Our governments and leadership are there to protect the vulnerable, to serve the people, not to be the cause of the people’s suffering and retrogression,”
“Enough is enough. Africans deserve better, and we must all work towards better days, and towards peace, stability and development,” Dlamini-Zuma said, adding that crises has overshadowed several successful elections held in some AU member states.
The AU chairperson’s remarks came as new report from Gambia revealed that the head of Gambia’s electoral commission, Alieu Momar Njie had fled to Senegal “fearing a plot against him“.
Njie’s relatives confirmed that he fled to Senegal “after he got information that the Gambian authorities were plotting against him and his team” after he declared on December 2 that Yahya Jammeh lost elections following 22 years in power.
Dlamini Zuma however, called on aggrieved parties to respect the will of the people, abide by their national and international obligations, as well as resort to all non-violent and legal means in resolving electoral disputes.