Taarifa has learned that Moïse Katumbi touched down at Kigali international airport by a private jet ahead of the tough Ibrahim Governance Weekend – a flagship event of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
The event is held annually in a different African country. This edition will be held at Kigali Convention Centre.
Moïse Katumbi a sharp critic of DRC leader Joseph Kabila is wanted back home for an ogoing trial for a case in which the former Katanga governor is charged with running a covert mercenary group.
The successful businessman is also accused of a case dating back in 2014 for illegal enrollment of soldiers, the supply of weapons and ammunition without order or authorization of Kabila government.
While in Kigali, Moïse Katumbi will be joined by other hardened debaters including; Donald Kaberuka, Member, Global Leadership Foundation and former president of the African Development Bank, Dr Carlos Lopes, Professor, Graduate School Of Development, Policy & Practice, University of Cape town and former Executive secretary, Economic Commission for Africa.
Others that have confirmed attendance are Nanjala Nyabola, Kenyan Writer and activist, Comfort Ero the Director International Crisis Group, Clare Akamanzi, CEO, Rwanda Development Board and Acha Leke, Senior partner,McKinsey & Company, SA. Co-founder, African Leadership Network.
Dubbed the ‘Ibrahim Governance Weekend’, This three-day event convenes prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners to debate issues of critical importance to Africa.
The debate in Kigali will convene from 27-29 April 2018 under the theme, ‘Is The African Union Necessary‘.
Hardened and experienced, the debaters in their different fields will take-on each other through challenges of the 21st Century – security, demographic, economic, climate — require continental-level organisation.
However, it can be argued that the African Union has been reduced to a talking shop where little tough negotiation occurs.
The debaters will argue thus would African countries be better off cutting payments to the AU and focusing on their own national development plans for now?
This subject will allow supporters and critics of the AU to put across their views and open up the debate to the larger subject of why the AU was created and what the average citizen is expecting from it.
This year’s debate will also feature the sharp minds of Rwanda’s future business leaders. Students from the African Leadership University, Kigali, will host their own debate on Thursday and present their findings during our event on Friday.
The debate will be carried by national broadcasters in Rwanda and be followed on our website and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation website, which will carry audio and video footage of the debate.