Fifty years after Ghana's leader mooted plans for a United
States of Africa, the Accra summit replays the arguments without
Supporters of Ghana's founding President, Kwame Nkrumah
, found the African Union summit in Accra on 1-3 July both a tribute and a huge frustration. Billed as the 'Grand Debate', it was meant to agree a vision of the future of the AU and of the basis for a political union. Stalwart pan-Africanists hoped the summit would discuss and develop Nkrumah's idea of Union Government and then decide definitively on the form and structure of that government, as well as the pace at which it should be built. However, the resulting 'Accra Declaration', released at midnight on 3 July, postponed all the big decisions and delegated further research to yet another study group, which is due to report at the next summit in January 2008.
More than any other leader at the summit, apart from host John Kufuor, the Libyan leader, Colonel Moammar el Gadaffi, had prepared meticulously for the Grand Debate. As the self-pr...
While President Mugabe has been glad-handing his counterparts
in Accra, political and security problems proliferate at home
It's been a good week for President Robert Mugabe in Ghana at the African Union summit. Away from the economic and political meltdown back home, he played elder statesman among the...