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National politics affecting regional integration -Mwapachu

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    East Africans We need to avoid the intensity of national politics in matters of regional integration if the process is to achieve results, Juma Mwapachu, the immediate former Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC) has said.
    Speaking during the first ever EAC held dialogue on political integration in Kampala yesterday, Mwapachu advised that there should instead be creation of strong regional institutions to drive forward and manage a viable regional market which will make integration easier.
    “It’s not just about cross border movement of goods and services, you have to have a legal structure that will underpin and enable that market to work,” Mwapachu told the independent East African News Agency (EANA).
    He added : ''The problem is in wanting to have your cake and eating it at the same time, which means that you want national politics to continue to determine how that market is going to operate, and how its going to be regulated.” Running under the theme: "Enhancing Representation/Inclusiveness in Promoting EAC Integration," the objective of the two-day dialogue is to brainstorm, promote and advocate inclusiveness and participation of a wide range of East Africans.