19 August 2017

Africa: Political Parties Urged to Unite, Protect Africa's Resources


Representatives of political parties from 32 African countries assembled in Sudan's capital Khartoum on Saturday to discuss ways of strengthening integration as a means to curb illegal exploitation of the continent's natural resources.

Speaking at the opening of the 3rd General Assembly of the Council of the African Political Parties (CAPP), the secretary-general Davies Mwila, of Zambia, said the meeting was being held at a critical time when political instability and civil wars were ravaging the continent.

"I came here to sound the trumpet to CAPP that unless Africa unites at every level - socially, economically and otherwise, Africa will soon become a lost cause," he said.

He called on the political parties to ensure that their countries' independence is preserved and that natural resources are protected from foreign exploitation.

He urged unity against those who are "ready to auction our countries' natural resources".

Sudanese Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Salih said African nations must strengthen their domestic front against what he described as "imperialism and neo-colonialism that seeks to plunder the continent's resources."

During the two-day meeting, CAPP members will elect a new president, five deputies, and members of the Executive and Standing committees.

CAPP was founded in 2013 in Khartoum to bolster unity and collaboration in the continent.


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