Renowned Pan-Africanist, Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba has waged into the current happening in Mauritius. The scholar stated that, “African Union should urgently coordinate all African Countries to help Mauritius grapple with the devastating oil spill.”
The breakdown of a Japanese-owned bulk oil carrier Merchant Vessel, Wakashio has spilled over 1,000 tonnes of fuel into the sea off south-east Mauritius; a situation perceived by Greenpeace Africa as one that threatens the lives of thousands of animal species with dire consequences for Mauritius’ economy, food security and health.
The situation was so grievous that Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth declared a state of emergency and also appealed for international assistance. France responded by sending a military aircraft with pollution-control equipment whilst the Japanese also sent a six-member team to render support. According to current reports, the fuel is being pumped out of the grounded vessel.
One may ask: what key role has the African Union played so far in resolving this urgent issue? It is only appropriate that major happenings on the continent are fronted by the African Union, an organization mandated to manage continental affairs before international aid is brought in at worst-case scenario, not the other way round.