More than a thousand workmen are working 24 hours a day in Mauritius to try to get a conference centre and accommodation ready for a summit conference of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) next month.
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Background: More than a thousand workmen are working 24 hours a day in Mauritius to try to get a conference centre and accommodation ready for a summit conference of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) next month.
The meeting is to be held at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute about eight miles outside the capital, Port Louis. The institute is being built with Indian help and skilled craftsmen have been called in.
The leaders attending the conference will be housed at the luxurious Trou aux Biches beach complex north of Port Louis. There is considerable work to be done on that complex too.
The conference has been attacked by opposition leaders within Mauritius. It's estimated that it will cost the country 60 million rupees (about GBP 5 million) and the critics say the money would be better spent on social improvements on the island.
The leaders also say Mauritius' trading and other links with South Africa will make the conference a farce.
There has been speculation as to who will succeed Uganda's President Idi Amin as OAU leader. Normally the head of state of the country hosting the summit is automatically elected the next chairman. But Mauritius has never declared itself a Republic and is still a member of the British Commonwealth, recognising the Queen as head of state. However, it is generally assumed that the Prime Minister, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam will be elected.