ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) --
The African Union (AU) organs and its
institutions based in Arusha will on Friday host a roundtable
discussion and cultural shows in line with Africa Day
celebrations, a senior official said Thursday.
Selemani Kinyunyu, a
senior policy officer with the AUABC and the event’s joint
coordinator, said the event to be marked at the African Court on
Human and People’s Rights (AfCHPR) premises will also witness a
special keynote address of this year’s AU theme on corruption to
be delivered by the Executive Secretary of the African Union
Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC) Charity Hanene Nchimunya.
“This will be a
great day for every patriotic African,” he said, adding that
other AU organs and institutions that are due to feature in the
event are the AfCHPR, AUABC, the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU)
and the African Institute on International Law (AIIL).
Kinyunyu, other regional economic communities and related bodies
also based in northern Tanzania’s safari capital of Arusha, such
as the East African Community, Eastern and Southern African
Management Institute, the East, Central and Southern Africa
Health Community and Prevention and Combating Corruption Bureau
of Tanzania (PCCB), are also expected to take part in the
Africa Day (formerly
African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day) is the annual
commemoration of the foundation of the Organization of African
Unity (OAU), now known as the African Union, on May 25, 1963.
The day is also
intended to celebrate and acknowledge the successes of OAU from
its creation especially in the fight against colonialism and
apartheid, as well as the progress that Africa has made while
reflecting upon the common challenges that the continent faces
in a global environment.
On the continental
level, Africa Day will be celebrated at the AU headquarters in
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.