Union on Tuesday held the inaugural launching of African Anti-Corruption Day in
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The day is now a calendar event dedicated to giving prominence to the anti-corruption fight on the continent.
The AU Executive Council had declared 11 July of every year as the ‘African Anti-Corruption Day’ to commemorate the adoption of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC).
The chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, said the African continent’s fight against corruption marks an important step towards making Africa less tolerant to corruption.
“We need to wage aggressive fight against those who practise corruption and institutions that benefit from the proceeds of corruption to restore public trust in our institutions on the continent,” he said.
According to Mahamat, due to the dedication of the AU in the fight against corruption in the continent, next year, 2018, will be declared as the African anti-corruption year.
“The year will be celebrated under the theme ‘Winning the fight against corruption: A Sustainable path to Africa’s transformation’,” he said.
The AUC chairperson said: “Corruption is undoubtedly the most pressing governance and development challenge that Africa is confronted with today as its debilitating and corrosive effects reverse hard-won developmental gains and threaten progress, stability and development of the continent.”
The AU first adopted the AUCPCC by the 2nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union on 11 July 2003 in Maputo, Mozambique.
By ratifying the AUCPCC, all state parties to the convention are expected to demonstrate their national legislative and policy instruments aimed at combating corruption.
The AUC chairperson urged all African countries to ratify and accede to the convention in order to solidify the continent’s political commitment towards a corrupt-free, citizen-driven, democratically governed Africa.