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The election of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi to lead the African Union has, as expected, elicited strong views across the continental political divide.
But it is probably his fascination with the proposal to fast-track the creation of a United States of Africa (referred to as Union Government in AU circles) that is at the heart of the disquiet over Gaddafi.
The proposal for such a union must be about Africa’s transformation which entails developing creative and well thought-out strategies that advance integration and not the isolation or balkanisation of any country or region.