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Kagame Condemns Assassination Attempts In Zimbabwe, Ethiopia

President Paul Kagame also the African Union chairperson has condemned the recent assassination attempts on the lives of Zimbabwe and Ethiopian leaders.

Both leaders escaped unhurt after grenades were hurled at them while addressing rallies of their supporters on the same day but different hours.

“We condemn the violent attacks and convey our condolences for the lives that have been lost,” Kagame said.

Kagame is in Mauritania for the 31st AU Summit of Heads of State and Government.

“As a Union we stand with the peoples of Ethiopia and Zimbabwe in their pursuit of peaceful political change.”

Meanwhile, Kagame has commended the recent wave of quest for peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea as well as the eventual face to face meeting between bitter rivals – South Sudan leader and rebel leader.

“We are heartened by the strides made by the leadership of Eritrea and Ethiopia towards the normalisation of relations. You have the African Union’s unwavering support,” Kagame told the summit.

For the South Sudan, President Kagame has also acknowledged the encouraging steps in the peace process mediated by the IGAD-mandated Heads of State; “The African Union expects the parties to fully abide by the agreements.”

According to Kagame, these positive developments remind us that partnership is the common thread in this Summit’s deliberations, “Partnership amongst ourselves first of all”.

The leaders have deliberated on corruption- one of the most pressing governance and development challenges that Africa is confronted with today.

The continent loses $80 Billion through illicit flows out of the continent every year.

This summit which concludes on Monday (July 2nd) is being conducted under the theme; “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”

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