Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the first African leader to mobilise the African leaders to create awareness of the danger of the novel coronavirus on April29 called on Continental bodies including the African Union (AU) to propose a joint plan to beat the charging pandemic.
He echoed the call during a virtual meeting of the African Union Bureau that was chaired by the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa current AU Chairperson.
“The focus of attention has been to minimise the cross-border movement of people, while ensuring that the free movement of goods is able to continue. The East African Community has also provided mobile testing laboratories for Member States to use at designated border crossings,” said President Kagame.
Kagame told his fellow leaders on the Continent that much as the East African region had already registered immense progress in the containment of the pandemic, there was a backlog, mostly in harmonisation of strategies that called for concerted efforts.
“A comprehensive regional response plan is still needed, and really owning up fully to this heavy responsibility where we not only do our best in our own countries, but share information and harmonise the way we go about business in the whole region,” said Kagame.
He noted that the Continent and the world in general were going through challenging times and it was too early to predict the end of the pandemic and a return to normalcy.
“Indeed, the road ahead may still be very long,” he added. Kagame extended gratitude to President Ramaphosa for promoting team spirit among the Heads of State and Government, which is much needed to defeat the pandemic. See full statement below: