African Union Panel of the Wise to visit Geingob

04 Mar 2018 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 04 MAR (NAMPA) – Members and friends of the African Union Panel of the Wise (AUPW) will pay President Hage Geingob a courtesy visit at State House on Monday.
A statement issued by Press Secretary Alfredo Hengari said the members and friends will be led by former President Hifikepunye Pohamba, who is also the chairperson of the AUPW.
The members who will accompany Pohamba are Speciosa Kazibwe, Uganda’s former Deputy President; Amr Moussa, Egypt’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Secretary General of the Arab League; and Honorine Nzet Biteghe, Gabon’s former Minister of Family and Social Affairs.
The friends in the delegation are Brigalia Bam, former Chairperson of the Independent Electoral
Commission of South Africa; Mary Chenery-Hesse, former Deputy Director General of the
International Labour Organisation; and Marie-Madelaine Kalala-Ngoy, former Honorary Minister for Human Rights of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The group will brief Geingob on their work ahead of their 18th meeting in Windhoek on Monday and Tuesday.
The Panel of the Wise is a consultative body of the African Union composed of five appointed members chosen for the North, East, South, West, and Central regions of the continent.
It is the AU’s most high-profile structure for preventing conflict, conducting on-the-ground fact-finding, presenting policy options and brokering agreements, and provides opinions to the union’s Peace and Security Council on issues relevant to conflict prevention, management and resolution.