Chief Fortune CHARUMBIRA appeals to Speakers of Parliaments on PAP Protocol

 

Speakers of Parliaments from SADC Member States have recommitted to encouraging countries to ratify the PAP / MALABO Protocol. The pledge was made on the side-lines of the 45th SADC Parliamentary Forum Plenary Session in Maputo Mocambique.

Hon. Chief Fortune CHARUMBIRA addressed the Speakers of Parliaments about the slow pace of ratification of this important instrument, particularly in the Southern African Region, reminding member-states that the PAP is hosted in the region.

"We therefore cannot be the last to legitimize this institution. We all need to follow in the footsteps of Madagascar that has fully ratified and deposited their instruments at the African Union Commission," Hon. Charumbira emphasized.

To date, South Africa and Zimbabwe remain the only two countries in the southern region that have taken the first step of signing and would still need to ratify. 16 more ratifications are still required for the Protocol to enter into force. It has taken at-least 15 years to garner 12 ratifications.

The PAP originated with the Abuja Treaty (1991) which called for establishment of a parliament to ensure Africans are fully involved in the economic development and integration of the continent. The Sirte Declaration (1999) repeated the call. The Protocol relating to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community Relating to the Pan-African Parliament was adopted on 2 March 2001 at the OAU Summit in Sirte, Libya; and entered into force on 14 December 2003.

The Parliament’s first session was held in March 2004. The Malabo Protocol was adopted at the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government meeting in 2014 and is intended to extend the powers of the PAP into a fully-fledged legislative organ.