Corruption Most Pressing Governance, Dev’t Challenge, Says AU Chairperson

13 Jul 2017
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Addis Ababa July 12/2017 Corruption is undoubtedly the most pressing governance and development challenge that Africa is confronted with today as its debilitating and corrosive effects reverse hard-won developmental gains and threaten progress, stability and development of the continent, AU Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said.

African Anti-Corruption Day, which is dedicated to giving prominence to the anti-corruption fight on the continent, was observed yesterday.

According to AU press release, Chairperson Mahamat “noted with appreciation that the dedication of a specific African Continent’s fight against corruption marks an important step towards the Africa we want to see.”

He further emphasized the “need to wage an aggressive fight against those who practice corruption and institutions that benefit from the proceeds of corruption to restore public trust in our institutions on the continent.”

The Chairperson urged all member states of AU, that have not yet done so, to ratify and accede to the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC) in order to solidify the continent’s political commitment towards a corrupt free, citizen-driven, democratically governed Africa, as envisioned by Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want.

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