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The Media Review Network (MRN) is dismayed that the member states of the African Union have imposed a tyrannical and a dishonest head of the Egyptian State to lead the African Union. To have a person of the aptitude of Abdel Fatah al Sisi of Egypt to head the African Union for the next two years is an indictment on the quality of leaders available to lead the AU.

In 2013, Egypt’s membership of the AU was suspended after Al Sisi came to power in a coup d’état, during which the democratically elected Mohammed Morsi was ousted. To this day Sisi remains the illegal head of the Egyptian state, without integrity, dignity and above all, a criminal.

The legitimate opposition in Egypt, the Ikhwanul Muslimeen (Muslim Brotherhood) have been rendered illegal via banning orders and the leadership incarcerated without due process. Many in the opposition face death by execution.  

The Egyptian despot is without doubt comparable to the Chilean Augusto Pinochet, during whose reign of terror tens of thousands of regime opponents were murdered.

In July/August 2013, more than 1000 supporters of the democratically elected President, Muhammed Morsi were massacred by the state security apparatus. On January 25th 2014, on the third anniversary of the Revolution, security forces killed more than 100 opponents of the regime. 

Between 2013 and 2015 more than 40 000 opponents of Al Sisi have been imprisoned and have disappeared inside the prisons. He is ruthless, brutal and cold-blooded.

The MRN is deeply embarrassed and saddened that our government together with all the other member states have committed such a grave error of judgement. African leaders who are selfish and visionless, personified by the likes of Al Sisi and who operate within a clique, will ensure Africa’s continued subjugation to neo-colonialism.

Issued by:

Ibrahim Vawda

Media Review Network