National
EAC leaders direct on political federationPublish Date: Apr 30, 2014
EAC leaders direct on political federation
  • mail
  • img
Presidents Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Yoweri Museveni both graced the summit. File Photo
newvision

By Moses Walubiri

REGIONAL leaders under East African Community (EAC) bloc on Wednesday made a string of recommendations and reviews about progress towards political federation, with the heads of states present directing the council to initiate a process of drafting a constitution for the eventual political federation.

The 12th Extra Ordinary summit  in Arusha, Tanzania was graced by Presidents Yoweri Museveni, Jakaya Kikwete and Uhuru Kenyatta of Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya respectively.

Burundi was represented by its First Vice President, Prosper Bazombaza, while Rwanda, its Prime Minister, Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremye. 

Signing communiqué issued at the 12th Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State of the East African Community. PHOTO BY PPU

With the heads of state deciding to hold two Extra Ordinary Summits annually – in April and November – the Arusha summit marked another milestone in the region’s inexorable move towards a political federation as stake holders seek more time to streamline the process.

Below are the highpoints of the summit:

  • The summit considered a report of the council of ministers on the comprehensive list on implementation of previous decisions and directives of the summit.
  • A progress report on viable means of financing EAC activities was considered with the summit ordering that a report on the same be presented during the November summit.
  • A report on the mooted admission of South Sudan into EAC was received with South Sudan lodging a request for the postponement of the process until October 2014 to permit internal consultations.
  • Progress reports on the establishment of a political federation and that on EAC institutional review were received with the heads of states ordering the council to develop a roadmap on what the constitutional making process would entail.
  • The summit reiterated the regional’s commitment to combating terrorism, decrying the gruesome Westgate terror attack in Kenya last year.
  • A plaque in memory of the 1994 Rwanda genocide victims was unveiled with a commitment of never allowing such inhumanity to occur unchallenged.

Unveiling plaque in memory of the victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. PHOTO BY PPU

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
DP calls for independent probe on Rwenzori killings
DP has appealed to Government to institute an independent commission of inquiry to investigate and come out with a detailed report of what happened in the Rwenzori region...
No public holidays for August census, says govt
The 10 days for the forthcoming national housing and population census enumeration will not be public holidays....
Uwera blames murder charges on in-laws
THE wife of the late Juvenal Kananura Nsenga, Jacqueline Uwera started her defence and denied intentionally killing her husband...
We have not cut Aids funding to Uganda - USAID
US will continue to provide development aid to Uganda despite the enactment of the anti-homosexuality law by the latter, United States Agency for International Development has said....
Zziwa cautions women against corruption
Women should be corrupt-free if they are to achieve 50/50 representation in leadership positions, the Speaker of East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), Margaret Zziwa has advised....
Magistrate fails to show up for Rwakataka bail hearing
Prison authorities have heightened security at Kalisiizo Magistrates Court as Uganda''s prominent rally driver Ponsiano Rwakataka reappears today for bail application in a case of alleged assault of a police officer...
With the recent increase of the HIV prevelance rate, Is Uganda losing the fight against the disease?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter