Half a year later, after their meeting in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El Sheikh, AU Executive Secretary Jean Ping, has said the AU leadership will deal with the Zimbabwe issue once and for all.
His response comes amidst criticism that both SADC and the AU have left the issue for too long and that political leaders have been too soft with Zimbabwe’s ageing ruler, Robert Mugabe.
The AU discussion of the Zimbabwe issue will follow on what SADC has already started today at its extra-ordinary meeting in South Africa today, where the regional bloc is also to attempt one last straw on the Zimbabwe political impasse.
Until late Monday night, there were still no reports from South Africa on the progress achieved by the SADC leaders in resolving the Zimbabwe issue. The regional bloc is believed to have gone to the extra-ordinary meeting already divided on how Mr Mugabe should be handled on compromising his stand and making the unity government inclusive.
The 17th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) of the African Union (AU) kicked off today in Addis Ababa, with the AU sessions to follow.
Apart from the Zimbabwe issue, the AU session will have high on the agenda issues of integration and development. Conveners of the meeting said the six areas of political, economic, financial, and administrative issues in Africa will be in focus, in a bid to prepare documents for the following AU Executive Council meeting.
The meeting is also expected to look into how the current financial crisis has impacted on the different corners of the continent, while also looking at strides made to fight poverty.