Julius Malema has officially joined the 229-member organ of the African Union, a collective of the continent’s political leaders who preside over the interests of Africa’s people.
The Pan-African Parliament is one of the nine organs of the African Union provided for in Article 5 of the Constitutive Act of the AU, adopted in July 2000 in Lomé, Togo.
Each African country is responsible for designating five members — two of which must be women — to the Parliament. It is mandatory for a country’s Parliament to ensure there’s diversity of political opinions in their selection.
Ultimately, the Pan-African Parliament’s aim is to “evolve into an institution with full legislative powers”, governed bythese objectives:
- Give a voice to the African peoples and the Diaspora;
- Facilitate the effective implementation of the policies and objectives of the African Union;
- Promote the principle of human rights and democracy in Africa;
- Encourage good governance, transparency and accountability in Member States;
- Familiarize the peoples of Africa with the objectives and policies on the political and socioeconomic integration of the continent;
- Promote peace, security and stability;
- Contribute to a more prosperous future for the peoples of Africa by promoting collective self-reliance and economic recovery;
- Facilitate cooperation and development in Africa;
- Strengthen continental solidarity and build a sense of common destiny among the peoples of Africa;
- Facilitate cooperation among Regional Economic Communities and their Parliamentary fora;
- Encourage National and Regional Parliaments to ratify and integrate treaties adopted by the AU into their legal systems;
- Cooperate with National and Regional Parliaments and similar bodies within and outside Africa as well as civil societies, – community-based organizations and grassroots organizations;
- Invite and encourage the full participation of the African Diaspora as an important part of the African peoples in the building of the African Union in accordance with modalities approved by the Assembly.
The EFF celebrated with a tweet of Julius Malema draped in a tailored suit at the Third Ordinary Session. He and other members of the Pan-African Parliament will be held to account for “the implementation of policies and programmes as well as in the allocation and use of public resources for promoting just, equitable and sustainable development for all the peoples of Africa.”