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Kagame told to reign in fellow dictators as he takes over AU chairmanship

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NAIROBI (DAILY NATION) – With President Kagame of Rwanda taking over the chairmanship of the African Union (AU) this month, many in the continent hope he will transform the organisation and give it some teeth.

His predecessors at the AU have just carried on the ‘business as usual’ trend and proudly hand over the mantle once their term is over, in the same way Guinea’s Alpha Conde will do today.

Like its precursor, OAU, the AU has failed to tackle issues that affect the continent. It might be because what the OAU stood for and which became its clarion call still holds: Respect for sovereignty of states, even when their citizens and leaders are killing one another with relish.


Kagame is the right chairman to bring a paradigm shift to this body. The world admires his efforts in resurrecting Rwanda from the ashes of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

He is a man who believes in positive change has at his fingertips events in DR Congo, where President Joseph Kabila is replaying dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. He knows what is needed in South Sudan and Burundi. There is also the issue of Amisom’s withdrawal from Somalia. And the simmering conflict between Egypt and Ethiopia over a dam on the Nile.

In the one year, Kagame should let his fellow presidents know the bitter truth: They are wrecking the continent from within.

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