The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has passed a key report of its outreach and sensitisation activities and with it, approved http://corepr.pl/old/wp-includes/revision.php called for more awareness among the people on the benefits of EAC integration.
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The growing stature of Kiswahili also did not escape the attention of the legislators on Wednesday night.
During the sensitisation activities in the Partner States, Members observed the growing interest of the stakeholders in embracing and learning the Kiswahili language.
Besides promoting unity among the EAC populace, the Kiswahili language is a critical medium of communication that will facilitate trade in the region.
The Sensitisation report presented by Hon Patricia Hajabakiga, Chair of EALA Rwanda Chapter, is a culmination of outreach and sensitisation activities carried out in the Partner States by the various country Chapters of EALA in June 2016.
The activities held between June 9th to 28th, 2016 were anchored under the theme: EAC Youth Agenda: Accessing the Gains.
At the same time, the Assembly also recommended that the EAC Anthem and the flag should go hand in hand with respective national ones (flags) at all times.
The sensitization activity followed the previous one undertaken in April 2016. The activity, emanated from the policy guidance by the Summit and the decision of the Assembly’s Commission to reach out to the people of East Africa as part of their representatives, on the one side.
On the other, the move is in accordance with EALA’s Strategic Plan (2013-2018) that is based on a people-centered approach.
Members set out among other things to “sensitize the people of East Africa on the integration process; create awareness among the people of East Africa on the gains and challenges of integration and enhance mutual relationships and sustainable networking between EALA and the people of East Africa.”
Contributing to the debate, Hon Chris Opoka said traders in the region would benefit if the Common Market protocol is fully embraced.
The legislator added that the issue of multiple membership of regional blocs needs to be analysed to assess benefits thereof.
“The Council of Ministers need to critically look into the rationale whether it is really necessary for Partner States to be members of multiple blocs and to spread the resources further, or if they should be co-ordinating their efforts at EAC,” said Hon Opoka.
Hon Joseph Kiangoi underscored the importance of sensitisation saying if the citizens were informed, then full integration was bound to be achieved.
“We share a common history and it should be easier for us to achieve full integration,” Hon Kiangoi said.
Hon Maryam Ussi urged the House to ensure sensitisation is institutionalised in the calendar of activities of EALA.
Hon Mike Sebalu, rooted for Kiswahili as a key language that bonds and enables citizens of the region to communicate effectively and efficiently.
On her part, Hon Dora Byamukama called for amendment of the Treaty to cater for the dynamic process of strengthening integration.
She said it would be important if the regional Assembly can be constituted into a constituent Assembly to look into the Political Federation.
Third Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for EAC Affairs, Rt Hon Kirunda Kivejinja lauded the Assembly for undertaking sensitisation and said the Council would ensure institutionalisation and adequate financing.
Hon Frederic Ngenzebuhoro called for total removal of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) and said unfortunately, the removal of some NTBs always led to introduction of new ones.
Hon Dr James Ndahiro, Shyrose Bhanji, Hon Abdullah Mwinyi, Hon Abubakar Zein, Hon Peter Mathuki all rooted for the adoption of the report.