Libya has topped the agenda of the 4th African Leadership Forum in Boksburg. The two day conference has brought together former African heads of state including Thabo Mbeki and former President of Tanzania Benjamin Mkapa. It is focusing on peace and security on the continent.
As the former leaders debated on peace and stability on the continent, it became evident that Libya had inadvertently been scaled up the agenda.
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo spoke about how Libya has been unstable since Arab Spring and fears that ISIS could find a home in Libya.
Libya has been in a fragile state since the invasion of NATO in 2011 which killed its leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Former President Thabo Mbeki is pointing a finger at the three African states, Nigeria, South Africa and Gabon who endorsed the U.N. resolution.
He says if the three countries had not endorsed the resolution the invasion would not have happened. In the room, Former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, the man tasked by the AU with finding a solution recounted how Africa’s effort was dealt a blow even before the invasion.
The critical question the continent has to grapple with is who is benefiting from prolonged conflicts.
Kikwete will be convening another meeting next month to pave the way for steering Libya out of the crisis.