African leaders gather in Mauritania for talks on corruption

African presidents and prime ministers are meeting in Mauritania on 1-2 July to discuss corruption which has plagued parts of the continent.

The two-day meeting in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital, will deliberate on the issue under the theme: “Winning the fight against corruption: A sustainable path to Africa’s transformation”.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is not expected to attend the meeting but will be at home to attend to “urgent state matters”, his spokesman said.

Instead, foreign affairs minister Monica Juma will represent him at the summit.

Somali deputy prime minister Mahdi Mohamed Guled is attending the summit on behalf of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheire.

Amina Mohammed, the United Nations Deputy Secretary General and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are also attending.

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