Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who led an active, reformist tenure as African Union chair, on Sunday passes the leadership to Egypt, seen as more likely to focus on security issues than expanding the powers of the body.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi officially took over the post of ceremonial head of the African Union which rotates between the five regions of the continent at the start of a two-day summit in Addis Ababa.
While multiple crises on
the continent will be on the agenda of heads of state from the 55
member nations, the summit will also focus on institutional reforms, and
the establishment of a continent-wide free trade zone.
Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) was agreed by 44 nations in March
2018, but only 19 countries have ratified the agreement, with 22 needed
for it to come into effect.
The Gambia police force has warned against public demonstration without a police permit adding that it was illegal and unlawful.
A press release
issued by the office of the Inspector General of Police stated that they “were
aware of an audio circulating on social media about an intent to demonstrate
without a permit which contravenes the principles of democracy.
important to note that under section 178 of the 1997 constitution, the Police
Force is responsible to preserve, protect and maintain public peace.
There is nowhere
in the world where a person or group of persons occupy the streets without the
consent of the relevant authorities whose presence will be to protect lives and
properties of everyone.
is hereby reminded that the Office of the Inspector General will use all means
reasonable to ensure that the peace and tranquillity of this country will never
be compromised in all its forms.
those who may want to protest or demonstrate should ensure that they comply
with the law in order to be protected by the law.
“In as much as
being in a democratic society one has the right to the enjoyment of fundamental
human rights, but of course such rights go with certain responsibilities.