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Saturday, December 3, 2016
Kenya: churches welcome first Pan-African Parliament
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¬†The General Secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) Rev Dr H Mvume Dandala has welcomed the inauguration of the Pan-African Parliament which was inaugurated last Thursday. With MP Mrs Gertrude Mongela from the United Republic of Tanzania as President, the Parliament will run for an initial period of five years with consultative and advisory powers only. The aim in future is to evolve into an institution with full legislative powers. The parliament consists of 202 legislators from 41 of the 53 member states of the African Union. Rev Dandala told CISA: "The All Africa Conference of Churches, welcomes with profound gratitude the official opening of the Pan-African Parliament." "While endowed with the observer status at the African Union, we appeal for a greater role of the faith community in the consolidation of the gains already made in the establishment of this parliament," He welcomed the development as "a great milestone in the search for lasting peace and unity in the continent," and hoped "the parliament will provide a new framework, through which the people of Africa will have a larger influence in the way they are governed beyond the Nation State boundaries that we inherited from colonial rule." Rev Dandala said: "the restoration of the dignity of the African people" vis-ŗ-vis globalization "ought to be on top of the agenda," as well the "alleviation of conflicts in countries such as Liberia, Burundi, Sudan, Somalia, Cote d'Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo." He foresaw the Churches in Africa strengthening their participation in serving the poor and alleviating the suffering of the people of Africa especially the victims of HIV/AIDS pandemic. The AACC is a fellowship of churches and national Christian Councils in 34 African countries. It represents an estimated 120 million Christians in Africa. " Source: CISA
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