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Minister: No single state controls EAC resources

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Geza Ulole, May 27, 2011.

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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    Minister: No single state controls EAC resources

    East African Community assistant minister Peter Munya has said resources shared among members of the East African countries are no longer under the control of a single state May 27, 2011. FILE
    By AGGREY MUTAMBO, amutambo@ke.nationmedia.com

    Posted Friday, May 27 2011 at 11:36

    In Summary

    The Pillars of the East African Community

    The Customs Union: Established in January 2010 to harmonise customs duty laws and levies in the region. It sought to exempt goods from member countries from being taxed.

    The Common Market protocol: Established in July 2010 to free the movement of people and labour across members' borders.

    Monetary Union: Yet to be established but it seeks to provide for a common currency among members states.

    Political Union: will be the ultimate pillar of the Community and will seek to have a single political federation headed by one person across member states.

    Resources shared among members of the East African countries are no longer under the control of a single state.

    East African Community assistant minister Peter Munya told a political forum on the EAC integration Friday that progress realised so far on the protocol provides an efficient solution on how these resources should be shared.

    "Issues on shared resources in the area of Lake Victoria Basin or even tourism along the borders are no longer the preserve of a single state but partner states," he said on Friday in a speech read on his behalf by by the Ministry's PS David Nalo.

    The minister sought to clarify what has been seen as continual wrangling between Kenya and Uganda over Islands in Lake Victoria. The islands of Migingo, and now Ugingo, have been a source of conflict between the two countries with Kenyan fishermen claiming to be mistreated by Ugandan authorities.

    In 2009, both countries committed to a joint survey to establish the true owner of Migingo Island. It was also agreed that no country should claim ownership in the interim. However, the status of that survey is still unknown while Ugandan authorities have since returned to stand guard.

    But at a meeting with political party representatives on how to support the EAC integration process in Nairobi, the minister announced that there was no need for feuding among states when there is a way for solving crises.

    "The Treaty provides for cooperation in political, regional peace and security as well as defence. This implies that as the Community progresses, the necessary framework is in place to address emerging issues."

    He said the government will continue to educate the public on the provisions of the Protocol as a way of reducing inter-state conflicts.

    According to figures from the EAC Ministry, Kenya leads all the other four countries in awareness of the protocol, with eight people in every group of ten having a clue of it. However, while the government generally says the populace is aware, much of the rural area is yet to be reached.

    The government has been publishing information through the media as a way of reaching a larger population but so far, only 45,000 people have been accessed directly.

    The Community which was revived in 1997 seeks to make achievements on four platforms with a culmination in a regional political federation.

    But it emerged that political parties in the country hardly have this view of a federation in their agenda nor manifestoes. Many of them sprout only when the General Election is nigh, while some do not even have a representation in Parliament.

    The one-day workshop was meant to raise awareness over this issue.



    Then Why are these dudes yaping about Migingo occupation by Uganda? I think this dude needs to see a dr!
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    AshaDii Platinum Member

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    [FONT=&quot]Your take is quite serious when taken with that attitude… Geza UloleWell I do know and believe you have the right to express and say what you feel is right, but personally I would be very uncomfortable if the issue is not resolved as soon as possible and peacefully at that. As much as it may seem not part of the EAC issue – indirectly it is for the concerned are both members of that body and for any delicate and complex body to succeed in its vision, focus and implementations there has to be harmony within and between member states…. We have already seen ongoing civil and those between state wars concerning land ownership; Hata hivyo wananipa wasi wasi kua the research was conducted since 2009 and still nothing has been said… Disturbing… Mfano mzuri is just near us hapa in Sudan, a state which has been divided in two, not yet settled but a big rift of the ownership of Abey (sorry not sure with the spelling)... there is a lot of caos on the ownership if belonging to the North or South there; as if the Darfur related incidents are not enough...[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Those Pillars… Really EAC it is as if you are planning for things which you don't want the present people let alone the near future generation to benefit from the community… do they genuinely believe and perceive they are going to achieve that??? Or is it just there so as to justify all those meetings that will be held but with not end results… It is like we are being headed by a team of dreamers where achieving is left in dreams but not real life, the members are all poor countries trying hard to improve lives and welfare of its people – thus an impossible task… But from my point of view targeting at the wrong things or should I say tackling it the wrong way….[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Another important fact… [/FONT][FONT=&quot]The East African Community (EAC) is the regional intergovernmental organisation of the Republics of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Burundi …. That explains it all.. the situation within these countries i.e Mseveni's handling of Besigye related events and issues OR Odinga vs Kibaki in their clash of titans, The delicate state of Burundi and Ruanda especially politically, and Tanzania.. our Tanzania with our HB…. Need I say more… and on top of that considering Sudan to be a member… it almost makes me laugh as in what are the EAC's target?? How different is it with all these intergovernmental organizations??? Are they genuinely serious - especially in the highlighted red pillars???