Africa Day with a difference
By Siphathisiwe Mpofu
With a few days before Africa day is observed on Monday the 25th of May, this year’s commemorations come at a time the continent is grappling with the corona virus pandemic. African countries have enacted various forms of lockdowns, border closures, and travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus.
Governments are also taking differing, innovative approaches to ensuring that vulnerable populations are protected, food is accessible to both rural and urban communities, informal vendors can successfully self-monitor, and misinformation is successfully combatted.
According to data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Centre for Disease Control on Covid-19, there are 95,482 confirmed cases, 3000 deaths and 38 120 recoveries in the continent.
This year’s Africa Day commemoration also comes at a time some regions are faced with security threats. A recent wave of terrorist attacks in Mozambique have left a trail of destruction in Cabo Delgado.
Recently, President Emmerson Mnangagwa who is the SADC chairperson on the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation convened an extraordinary organ troika summit plus Mozambique at state house in Harare amid calls for regional cooperation in fighting terrorism in that country.
Reports say insurgents have to date, killed nearly 1,000 people and displaced tens of thousands more in Mozambique.
This year’s Africa Day theme is: Silencing the guns, creating a conducive environment for Africa’s development.