Dokolo South MP has rejected a call by the AU to have free movement of Africans across the continent

By Moses Kyeyune

Dokolo South MP, Felix Okot Ogong has rejected a call by the African Union to have free movement of African nationals across the continent, arguing that it poses a threat to member countries.

Ogong was reacting to a call by the Director of Political Affairs in the African Union Commission, Khabele Matlosa during a workshop in Midrand-South Africa, who urged African parliaments to lobby their governments to support the adoption of the protocol on the free movement of persons.

He contends that Africa needs to promote economic integration before undertaking intra-Africa trade because of the growing refugee crisis in several parts of the continent.

A section of lawmakers attending the Pan African Parliament in South Africa also voiced similar concerns saying member states are already burdened with the problem of conflicts and unemployment.