The heads of state Summit of the African Union will get underway on Friday.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is expected to be elected the organs Chair. Mugabe, one of the founding fathers of the African Union (AU) will take the reins at a time the organisation is facing a host of challenges. One being peace and security.
Mugabe who is 90-years-old looked fit at the recent inauguration of Zambian President Edgar Lungu.
The current Southern African Development Community (SADC) chair is expected to be elected to the AU Chair at the bloc’s summit.
The AU chair is rotated annually, and this time the lot fell on Southern Africa.
He will have to follow their lead on policies determined prior to his chairmanship and also during his tenure
Political analyst, Takura Zhangazha says, “Zimbabwe is coming in from the cold, that gives him (Mugabe) a lot of credibility within the African context, and it’s almost an ‘I told you so’ to western countries who have opposed his policies.”
“He will most likely be able to come across as a Pan Africanist in his statements but the AU is run by the AU commission. He will have to follow their lead on policies determined prior to his chairmanship and also during his tenure.”
President Mugabe has prioritised regional integration as SADC Chair. It remains to be seen whether the AU under his watch will come out with a clear programme of action to address the challenges facing the continent.