The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, has requested African leaders to stand against the enrollment of children in military outfits but instead support them into school.
He made the call yesterday as she chaired the 661th council of ministers comprising the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) that discussed easing free movements, services, goods and elimination of children enrolment into the military.
“We have to fight the practice. Our children must be at school battlefields,” appealed Mushikiwabo.
“Heads of states and governments encouraged African countries to approve AU passport with the aim of promoting integration. Some countries including mine have already opened borders for all Africans,” she said.
Mushikiwabo explained that African continent presents best agreements among leaders on easing free movements but noted that there are challenges which have to be addressed to execute the program.
“We need African experts in security matters to attain free movements of people and goods in Africa,” she said.
Rwanda is chairing the AUPSC in February 2017 after replacing Sierra Leone represented by Amb. Hope G. Tumukunde.
The member states are Rwanda, Algeria, Botswana, Burundi, Chad, Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo, Uganda and Zambia.