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African Unification Front

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This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
the African Union

The African Unification Front (AUF) is an organisation aiming to promote the political, social and economic union of Africa.

History

AUF was formed in August 1996. The AUF advocates for transformation of Africa into a federation, with the Pan African Parliament as the highest government, overseeing key institutions including a single currency, and one all-African army. The AUF promoted the creation of the African Union in the mid-1990s[1] and continues to advocate for an end to neocolonialism. It has also been active in campaigns against abuses by the diamond industry, weapons traders, and unfair terms of trade in the coffee industry.

Organization

The AUF National Committee is the body that elects the AUF president. The AUF Executive Committee is the body that implements policies and oversees the day-to-day administration of the AUF. AUF has been responsible for initiating and organizing several strategies, including the AUF’s Fairtrade Coffee Campaign that pushed for reforms in the coffee industry.

The AUF, also known as the African Front, consists of a worldwide network of supporters, who believe that Africa must be unified into a federation as a means of securing peace and an end to wars and poverty. Although most members of the AUF are Africans, membership is open to non-Africans.

Past leaders

Other past AUF leaders have been Fesseha Demessae who served as Deputy Secretary General and Director of Cultural Affairs, and former vice-president .

Kirimi Kaberia was the first president of the AUF. served briefly as AUF president, after Kirimi Kaberia accepted a posting as deputy ambassador for Kenya in Washington DC, USA.

In the PAP

Following the creation of the Pan African Parliament, the AUF became the first All-African (continental) political party. Several PAP members are also members and supporters of the AUF.

AUF members who have served in the Pan African Parliament include Dr. Amani Walid Kabourou from Tanzania, from Zambia, and from Uganda. Other influential supporters of the AUF include John Atta-Mills the president of Ghana, who is also a member of the AUF National Committee and the president of the in Nigeria, , head of the (PDL), and Dr. Miria Matembe,[2] formerly chair of the Pan African Parliament’s Rules Committee and a close ally of AU President Gertrude Mongella.

Symbols

The Maure is used as the AUF’s flag and emblem. The head is blindfolded representing the impartiality of justice, and the knot is tied into a stylized Adinkra symbol for omnipotence (Gye Nyame).[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ Telò (ed.), Professor Mario (2014). Globalisation, Multilateralism, Europe: Towards a Better Global Governance?, Section 2.1. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. ISBN 9781472405388.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ africanfront.com (AUF)
  3. ^ African Unification Front Flags & Emblems

External links

Organisation’s website