The African Parliamentary Press Network (APPN) commends the
intervention of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU), the
Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat
and the other policy organs of the AU in working assiduously and
harmoniously to ensure that the misunderstanding that led to disruption of
proceedings at the Fourth Ordinary Session of the Fifth Parliament of the PanAfrican Parliament (PAP) were resolved in line with the established African
Union values, rules, and regulations.
APPN recalls that the May election Session of PAP ended in chaos and/ or
disorder, due to disagreement among some regions on the application of the
principle of rotation in the election of the Parliament’s president.
APPN commends the AUC Chairperson H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat for
setting up the fact-finding delegation that visited the PAP Secretariat and
submitted a progress report with far-reaching recommendations. The report
of the delegation formed the basis for the decisions and recommendations of
the policy organs.
The various interventions culminated in the decision of 39th Ordinary
Session of the African Union Executive Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
that only regions that have not had the opportunity to lead the Parliament
would be eligible to present candidates at the resumed bureau election to be
conducted and managed by the Office of Legal Counsel.
APPN urges the Parliamentarians to accept the resolution of the issue in good
faith and henceforth focus on issues that promote a united Africa instead of
dwelling on issues that tended to divide us. These include the manufacturing
of COVID-19 Vaccines and related drugs in Africa, challenges of youth
unemployment, under-development, poverty, insecurity, and promoting
The APPN takes this opportunity to call on all national Parliaments that are
yet to ratify the Malabo Protocol to do so to give the Pan-African Parliament
the needed legislative powers.
The APPN assures the Executive Council of the African Union (AU), and
the PAP of its unflinching support and collaboration in providing publicity and
education for all African citizens on the Continent on the activities of PAP to
make it very relevant to them.
The African Parliamentary Press Network is a Network of African
journalists and information officers reporting from regional, sub-regional and
national Parliaments in Africa. APPN promotes parliamentary openness and
cordial working relationship between Parliaments and the media and believes
that a well mobilized and resourced press corps or galleries in all African
parliaments will set the stage for the work of African Parliaments, including
the Pan-African Parliament, to be made visible to the people of Africa.
Hon. Oluchukkwu Ibekwe Hon. Gilbert Borketey Boyefio
Steering Committee Chair Coordinator
African Parliamentary Press Network APPN Secretariat