President Rupiah Banda is expected to fly to Uganda Wednesday to join other heads of state for a special AU summit on refugees, returnees and internally displaced peoples, the Watchdog has learnt.
Under the theme “African Union; addressing the challenge of forced displacement in Africa”, the summit will be held at the Commonwealth Resort in Munyonyo.
The heads of state summit that begins Thursday, will be opened by the chairman of the African Union, Col. Muammar Gadaffi.
Over 600 delegates from Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, Mozambique, Somalia, DRC, Sudan, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and Tanzania are expected to attend today’s opening session.
The continent is estimated to have 17 million internally displaced people and refugees.
The summit is expected to find solutions to curb the growing number of refugees and displaced people in Africa.
During the Special Summit, Presidents are also expected to sign the ‘African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa’
Other issues expected to be tabled at the summit include devising strategies to reduce the impact of natural disasters on displacement of people, finding solutions of their problems, and enabling the rebuilding of communities emerging from conflict.