Have your say! Source: Daily Nation, Tuesday 30 September 08 By ZEPHANIA UBWANI in Arusha (email the author) Posted Monday, September 29 2008 at 20:40 Non-Tanzanians of the East African Community states can now settle in the country as long as they are engaged in meaningful economic activities or employment. This follows the decision by Tanzania to lift its objections to the right of residency by nationals from other partner states. The decision was made at the just-ended third round of negotiations for the EAC Common Market Protocol in Bujumbura, Burundi. It was reached following pressure from other EAC states, especially Kenya and Rwanda, which have consistently advocated for open borders to enhance full economic integration in the region. EAC spokesperson Magaga Alot said the right of residence shall include the right to enter and reside in any host partner state. Tanzania had objected to the right of residence alongside other terms, preferring further negotiations. Several Kenyans have been thrown out of Tanzania in the past over work permits even when they were working for Kenyan firms with investments in Dar es Salaam. The eight-day negotiations for the Common Market in the Burundi capital were attended by members of the High Level Task Force (HLTF) from the five partner states. However, Mr Alot said that Tanzania still had its reservations on access or acquisition of land by nationals of the sister EAC states. Tanzania, the largest country in the region, insisted during the talks in Bujumbura that land was and should not be a Common Market issue. Serious investors The draft protocol suggests that a national of a partner state shall be enabled to acquire or access and use land and buildings situated in the territory of another partner state for purposes of establishment. The Tanzanian government has maintained that the countrys land was only accessible to serious investors and not landless people from other countries. Also agreed on was that partner states abolish all restrictions on the right of establishment based on nationalities of companies, firms and citizens of the partner states. On free movement of people, it was resolved that partner states progressively remove existing restrictions and shall not introduce any new restrictions that will impede trade in services among the partner states. Uganda is the other EAC member.