A group of constitutional experts that were picked to draft the East African Community (EAC) Confederation Constitution are in Burundi, where they will be gathering public opinions as part of the ongoing process of drafting the region bloc’s constitution.
The experts led by Uganda’s former Chief Justice Benjamin Adoki, were selected and tasked with drafting a Constitution for the EAC Political Confederation for consideration by the Summit of EAC Heads of State.
According to the EAC Secretary General, Libérat Mfumukeko, the team will be visiting different parts of Burundi including Bujumbura, Ngozi, Gitenga and Makamba, undertaking consultations with stakeholders and the public on the Draft Political Confederation Constitution
“Participation of the people in this process is of utmost importance to ensure that the Constitution of the Political Confederation of East Africa is well aligned with their choices/views on constitutional issues,” Mfumukeko told press in the capital Bujumbura on Wednesday.
“The views expressed by the people through these consultations will be given due consideration drafting the Constitution,” he added.
“The draft Constitution will also be circulated for public inputs before it is considered by the EAC.”
The SG also outlined a number of channels that the public will be able to use to submit their proposals or petitions, which include public hearings, online, such as the EAC website; as well as various social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter.
“It is our hope that this process will be concluded by 2022 with the adoption of the EAC Political Confederation Constitution by the Summit,” he said.
Formation of the EAC Political Federation is hoped to among others lead to political stability in the region, and “removing any possibilities of Partner States fighting each other”
“The Federation would stimulate faster development and better sharing in the field of education, science and technology which is at the cutting, edge of socioeconomic transformation,” says Mfumukeko.
“For instance, Lake Victoria would be managed as a single and indivisible resource, equitably shared among the East African people. The Lake would be rationally managed, particularly with regard to the imperative to protect and conserve its environment.”