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EAC moves to introduce decision making by majority

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by BAK, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. BAK

    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    EAC moves to introduce decision making by majority


    Posted Saturday, December 27 2008 at 10:33

    East Africa’s justice ministers and Attorneys-General will meet in January to kickstart the proposed amendment the East African Community Treaty to providing for majority rule as the basis for decision making.

    If the Treaty is amended, majority rule will replace consensus as the basis for decision-making.

    This means the progress of the integration process will not have to wait until all the five member states agree on every single issue. Only a simple majority will be required to move to the next level.

    According to Kenya’s Minister for the East African Community Amason Jeffah Kingi, this move has been necessitated by the realisation that a member may deliberately disagree with the rest to “frustrate” the integration process.

    Mr Kingi confirmed the meeting will be held in Mombasa, but he did not confirm the date.

    “We have decided it is time we looked again at the Treaty with a view to amending the decision making process to allow for majority rule. What motivated this is the realisation that a member state can decide just to frustrate the process by not attending the meeting or by simply dissenting without giving any good grounds for doing so and thus hold everyone back,” Mr Kingi told The EastAfrican.

    The development comes in the wake of a major split between Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, on the one hand, and Tanzania on the other, over key issues being negotiated under the Common Market Protocol.

    In an earlier interview with The EastAfrican, Kenya’s Permanent Secretary for East African Community Affairs, David Nalo, said the move was sparked by what is widely seen as Tanzania’s doublespeak on its commitment to the integration of the Community as well as the country’s apparent refusal to agree with other member states on critical provisions of the draft Common Market Protocol such as free movement of persons, right of establishment and residence, and permanent residence.

    Should the Treaty be amended, then Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi can move on with the integration process even when Tanzania disagrees with some decisions.

    Tanzania’s reluctance over the integration process became apparent during the fifth round of negotiations on the Common Market held in Zanzibar a month ago.

    During the negotiations, Tanzania is said to have consistently opposed proposals by the other four member states that East Africans be allowed to use their respective national identity cards as travel documents in the region.

    It also refused to accept the inclusion of a clause that would allow East African citizens to acquire, access and use land in any member state.

    It further differed with the other members on the permanent residence clause and its representatives reportedly said they want to go slow on the EAC integration,” Mr Nalo said last week.

    The disagreements have forced the Council of Ministers to extend the deadline for the conclusion of negotiations on the Common Market from December 2008 to April 2009.

    Incidentally, Tanzania is expected to state its position on the contentious issues by January.

    Two weeks ago, Tanzania’s Minister for East African Co-operation, Dr Diodorous Kamala, defended his country against accusations that it was delaying negotiations on the Common Market, saying it would only sign agreements and treaties that safeguard Tanzania’s national interests.

    Currently, the Treaty requires all the partner states to be represented at any substantive meeting for its decisions to be considered binding.

    “With the challenges we are currently facing in terms of agreeing on various issues, the question that is being asked is if we want to continue with consensus as the basis for decision making,” Mr Nalo asked.

    “Or do we want to amend the Treaty to provide for decision making based on majority rule for those who are ready to move forward and those who are reluctant to join later?”

    The move to amend the Treaty to change decision making is consistent with Article 7 of the Treaty, which states that if a country is not ready to move, it can take its time.
  2. Kichuguu

    Kichuguu Platinum Member

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    This is ridiculous of its kind, unless I misunderstood it. Don't tell me that the noisy trifecta of Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi will have the power to decide on land matters for Tanzania and Uganda together. Note that Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi together have a combined land of about 50% of the land owned by Tanzania and Uganda. Kenya has 580,367 sq. km, Burundi has 27,830 sq. km, and Rwanda has 26,798 sq. km. Total for the trifecta is 634,995 sq. km, which is less than Tanzania's 945,203 sq.km. Combining Tanzania's land to Uganda's 236,040 sq.km yields 1,181,243 sq. km., which is almost twice the size of Kenya Rwanda and Burundi who are vocal in seeking power to control our land. Again, this rubbish wouldn't have been going on if not for our own stupidity.
  3. Endeleaaa

    Endeleaaa JF-Expert Member

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    Thread kama hii ilitakiwa iwe ina michango mingi sana hadi hivi sasa lakini ajabu watu kimyaaaaaaa au ndo mambo ya Holidays hayo.

    Mimi nadhani Huu Muungano kwa ujumla wake hautufai kitu watanzania. Nchi yetu haiko hapa kuneemesha mataifa mengine. kama namna gani vipi tujitoe wandelee zao. Hakuna chochote tunachowategemea. Sana sana wao ndo wana njaa ya kuja kula kwetu, wasitutishe wakora hao
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    MzalendoHalisi JF-Expert Member

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    Je majority nini maana yake? Idadi ktk ya wanachama yaani member states? Je ni sawa Burundi iwe na kura sawa kama Tz au Kenya? Is this fair? Ktk EU hivi Slovania na Ujerumani wana nguvu sawa?

    Tz ndo tuna idadi kubwa zaidi ya watu (40 m) na eneo kubwa zaidi- yaani ukichukuwa enoe la Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda na Burundi commbined (877,838 sq km) bado Tz ni kubwa zadi (945,087 sq km).

    Mimi naona tuwe na parity- maamuzi yaangalie vigezo vya idadi ya watu na na may be ukubwa wa eneo!

    Kimsingi hawa majirani wasituburuze...tuende tu taratibu..sisi ndo tuna ardhi kubwa zaidi!