UPC: Tanzania Sidelined In EAC Federation Preparations

about it geneva; font-size: small;”>While addressing the press in a weekly briefing at the party headquarters on Wednesday in Kampala, UPC Vice President Joseph Bbosa cautioned that the act is a great mistake by the East African countries.

“In other matters two or three countries can do it alone but if it comes to the preparation of the constitution, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda cannot do it without all member states on board,” clarified the UPC vice president.

“In case Tanzania is left out; we fear this may slow down further the process of the East African integration and hence losing what has so far been achieved,” Bbosa added.


Bbosa therefore called upon the East African countries not to rush the drafting of the constitution but to involve all the countries.

The opposition party Vice President further noted that on several occasions Tanzania has been left out of East African Community meetings which he said is a sign of a hidden agenda by the other countries.

This follows a committee put in place by the East African countries to draft the East African Federation constitution led by Uganda’s minister of Internal Affairs, Gen. Aronda Nyakayirima.

The committee comprises members from Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda while Tanzania and Burundi are not represented.

However, officials claim Tanzania has not been responsive in expediting regional integration and implementation of key infrastructural projects.

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