African states say there will be no peace talks until ‘economic independence’

Al Jazeera’s Mohamed Fahmy reports from Kampala, Uganda, where the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, is due to visit.

The African Union has been meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala for the past two weeks to discuss how to tackle the continent’s economic challenges.

The IMF chief is expected to address a news conference on Tuesday.

Lagarde is scheduled to make a speech on economic issues in the capital, Goma.

The talks in Uganda will focus on issues including access to capital, trade, labour markets and the environment.

The Ugandan economy is suffering under a global economic downturn, the worst in Africa, as a result of political uncertainty and a lack of investment, particularly in infrastructure.

Lagardes statement comes as the government in Uganda, led by President Yoweri Museveni, prepares for a crucial parliamentary election due to be held in February 2018.

Musevenis administration has been under increasing pressure from international investors to deliver on economic reforms, including on the poor economy.