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By Godfrey Olukya 17-10-2012

The Pan-African Parliament taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa has today debated issues of peace and security in Africa.

They discussed about countries where there is instability and came up with possible solutions to end the chaos.

In a report presented by the chairperson of the committee on cooperation, International relations and conflict resolution, Marwick Khumalo, the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and Guinea (Conakry) was discussed.

Khumalo said ‘The flawed 2011 presidential and legislative elections were a major setback for the democratization process in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and had a detrimental effect on the country’s stability.’
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The report also welcomed the transition in Somalia in September 2012, whereby Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was sworn-in as the President of the country in line with the 2011 end of transition road map.

‘Somalia has seen remarkable progress in areas of security, constitution-making, political outreach and good governance since the road map agreement was signed. The most visible achievements of the transition process ere the successful nomination and swearing-in of members of the new Somali Parliament, the election of the Speaker and his two deputies and the election and swearing in of the President.’ Khumalo said.

On Guinea, the report said that one of the key factors fueling tensions is the government’s reluctance to hold legislative elections.

In a presentation to the House, Dr. Admore Mupoki Kambudzi, Secretary of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) outlined the peace and security situation in some conflict and post-conflict areas on the continent, such as the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Madagascar, Mali and Somalia.

‘The African Union with the support of the international community continues it’s efforts to resolve existing conflicts and to stabilize post-conflict situations focusing on socio-economic recovery.’ he said.

The House also listened to two fact-finding mission reports to Mali and to Sudan and South Sudan and promised to discuss on them later.

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