Robert Mugabe Elected African Union Chairman.
Robert Mugabe, the President of Zimbabwe has been elected the new chairman of the African Union. The veteran leader said he humbly accepts the collective decision by the African leaders.
The two-day heads of state summit took place at the African Union’s headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.
African leaders appointed 90-year-old Mugabe on Friday to succeed Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
“By electing me to preside over this august body, with full knowledge of the onerous responsibility that lies ahead, I humbly accept your collective decision,” Mugabe said after being elected the Chairman of the 54-nation African Union.
In his speech, he promised to focus on infrastructure, agriculture and climate change.
“During my tenure as chair, I will deliberately provoke your thoughts to pay special attention to issues of infrastructure, value addition, agriculture and climate change,” he said.
Mr Mugabe who is Africa’s longest-serving leader led his country to independence in 1980. In 2000, he chased out and seized lands belonging to white farmers in controversial land reforms. He had since been subjected to travel bans by the US and the European Union.