Outgoing African Union -AU- Chairperson Paul Kagame has thanked the AU member states for entrusting him to lead the organisation in the previous year.
Mr. Kagame who is President of Rwanda has commended the AU member states for the immense support they rendered during his tenure.
He was speaking when he opened the 32nd African Union heads of state and summit.
He also welcomed to the continental body the newly elected leaders Felix Tshisekedi from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Andry Rajoelina from Madagascar.
He later handed over the AU chairmanship to Egypt’s Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who is the incoming.
And during Summit, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Africa hosts almost a third of the world’s refugees and internally persons.
Mr. Guterres observed that although the continent faces many challenges, its governments and citizenry have kept their borders, doors and hearts open to millions in need.
The UN Chief has described Africa’s gesture towards refugees as exemplary.
He says the continent’s generosity to those seeking havens from war and persecution is unmatched.
And the UNHCR statistics in Zambia as of January 31st, 2019 show that the number of refugees recorded stood at about 51-thousand.
The statistics were cumulative from Meheba settlement in North-western province; Mayukwayukwa in Western province, self- settled districts in five provinces, Urban areas in Lusaka and Ndola including Mantampala in Luapula’s Nchelenge district.