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The African Union (AU) organs and its institutions based in Arusha will on Friday host a roundtable discussion and cultural shows in line with Africa Day celebrations, a senior official said Thursday.

Selemani Kinyunyu, a senior policy officer with the AUABC and the event’s joint coordinator, said the event to be marked at the African Court on Human and People’s Rights (AfCHPR) premises will also witness a special keynote address of this year’s AU theme on corruption to be delivered by the Executive Secretary of the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC) Charity Hanene Nchimunya.

“This will be a great day for every patriotic African,” he said, adding that other AU organs and institutions that are due to feature in the event are the AfCHPR, AUABC, the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU) and the African Institute on International Law (AIIL).

According to Kinyunyu, other regional economic communities and related bodies also based in northern Tanzania’s safari capital of Arusha, such as the East African Community, Eastern and Southern African Management Institute, the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community and Prevention and Combating Corruption Bureau of Tanzania (PCCB), are also expected to take part in the commemoration.

Africa Day (formerly African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day) is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now known as the African Union, on May 25, 1963.

The day is also intended to celebrate and acknowledge the successes of OAU from its creation especially in the fight against colonialism and apartheid, as well as the progress that Africa has made while reflecting upon the common challenges that the continent faces in a global environment.

On the continental level, Africa Day will be celebrated at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Enditem

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