PAP welcomes New Leadership

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) elections which were held in Midrand, South Africa ran smoothly with new leadership in place.

The elections were initially supposed to be held last year, however due to chaos that erupted in the Parliament house, the elections were postponed to the 29th of June 2022. The presidential candidates were Zimbabwean senator Yeremiah Chihana, South Sudanese diplomat, Albino Mathom Aboug and Zimbabwean Traditional Leader Chief Fortune Charumbira.

Confidence sprung amongst all of the PAP candidate, however only one could and was elected as the new Pan-African Parliament President. The 6th Pan-African Parliament leadership was handed to Chief Fortune Charumbira, “I want us to become one, we will only develop our continent when united and this is an important thing for our people to see and experience in our lifetime” he said in his victory speech.

The Pan-African Parliament was formed to ensure the full participation of African people in the development of the economy and integration of the continent, however the elections are carried out by the Assembly and not the people of Africa.

With over 52 African countries in the Pan-African Parliament, the PAP house is found in South Africa Midrand and not in every African state.

According to the African Union, the PAP is intended as a platform for people from all African states to be involved in discussions and decisions making on the problems and challenges faced by the continent.

With the main functions of the PAP being promoting human rights and consolidating democratic institutions, there is hope the new leader will take on the oath and bring equality amongst the people of Africa.

By Lineo Khabele