21st Ordinary Meeting of the EAC Heads of State Postponed

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EAC leaders at the 20th Summit meeting in Arusha, 1 February 2019. From left to right, Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), John Magufuli (Tanzania) and Burundi's deputy president Gaston Sindimwo. /EAC Photo
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AT Reporter

Arusha, Tanzania – The 21st Ordinary Meeting of the Summit of the East African Community Heads of State that was scheduled to take place on 30th November, 2019, at the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC) in Arusha, Tanzania, has been postponed.

This follows a request from Kigali, asking the EAC Secretary General, Amb Liberat Mfumukeko to inform partner states of the postponement.

“I have the honour to both inform and request you to notify partner states that the above mentioned summit has been postponed to a later date in January or February 2020 due to a request by a member of the summit,” said Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe, the Rwandan Minister of State in charge of the East African Community.

“A new date will be communicated later after consultations between the EAC Heads of State,” he added.

According to Rule 11 of the Rules of Procedure of the Summit of the EAC Heads of State, quorum is made of all Partner States representation which is in consonance with decision making by consensus under Article 12 of the Treaty.

Currently the Community is witnessing frosty relations between member countries.

Rwanda is at loggerheads with both Uganda and Burundi, while Kenya and Tanzania are still working through occasional trade disputes.

Prior to this communique from Kigali, as part of the agenda items was the rotational hosting of the summit by member states as opposed to meeting in Arusha, a development seen as important to raising the profile of the bloc.

The leaders had also planned to review a report on the integration of a fragile South Sudan and consider progress on the verification exercise for the admission of Somalia and DR Congo into the bloc.

Africa Tembelea understands that technical committees working under the leadership of EAC Council of Ministers appear to have made little progress in resolving bottlenecks that are negatively affecting businesses.

However, Amb Nduhungirehe in his communique to the EAC Secretary General, proposes that the meetings of the senior officials, coordination committee and the 39th council of ministers as well as the business and investment summit take place as initially planned.

“As requested by the chair of the summit of EAC Heads of State, following your submission to him in a meeting you had on Saturday 16th November 2019 in Kigali, I wish to request you to schedule a one day dedicated session of the council of ministers and heads of EAC organs and institutions to take place on Friday 29th November 2019,” said Amb Nduhungirehe.

He proposed that the agenda of the meeting focusses on review and finalization of the new structure of EAC organs and institutions approved by the council of ministers in October 2019; review the budgeting and recruitment processes as well as consideration of the administrative and budgetary matters, including reduction of the recurrent budget and elaboration of an administration of the EAC secretariat Act.

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