Mozambique on Monday launched a week-long celebration of Africa Day, which highlights the continent’s efforts on preventing and combating corruption.

The launch was witnessed by representatives from different African countries.

Mozambican foreign minister Jose Pacheco said this year’s celebration marks the initiative of African leaders in 2003 when they adopted the African Union (AU) Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption in Maputo.

“The selection of this theme comes from the recognition that corruption is a phenomenon that constitutes a barrier in the development of our country and for a harmonized implementation of Agenda 2063 for our continent’s development,” Pacheco said.

According to the minister, the transformation of the African Union name from the previous Organization of African Unity was not a simple move but is part of a political strategy for the development of Africa adopting new objectives and perspectives.

Pacheco said that while the organization aimed at liberating Africa from its settlers, the union seeks to boost a sustainable social and economic development, a vision that is only possible based on a transparent and sustainable management of natural resources that Africa possesses.

The minister urged citizens to engage themselves in the fight against corruption as a means of contributing to the materialization of AU Agenda 2063 and for a much more united and peaceful continent.

“We need to guarantee that corruption doesn’t hinder efforts to promote good governance, social and economic transformation, and peace and safety of every state,” added the minister.

Many representatives present said that corruption is among the core problems that African states are dealing with, not only between leaders but among ordinary citizens as well.

“There is lack of will to deal with the problem of corruption. It has become a way of living and it is one of Africa’s setbacks,” said Nicholas Dube, Zimbabwean ambassador to Mozambique.

Celebrated in various countries on the African continent as well as around the world, Africa Day marks the founding of the AU’s predecessor, the Organization of African Unity, in 1963. Enditem

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