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Kagame Arrives in Arusha for EAC Summit

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has arrived in Arusha, Tanzania for the East African Community Heads-of-State meeting.

Kagame will be joined by Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, Kenyan leader Uhuru Kenyatta, Tanzania’s John Pombe Magufuli and Burundi First Vice President Gaston Sindimwo representing Pierre Nkurunziza.

Kagame, who landed in Arusha on Friday morning, is set to take over the rotational chairmanship of the EAC from President Museveni.

Officials told ChimpReports that member states sent representatives for meetings that preceded today’s Summit.

The participation of all members implies the resolutions will be binding.

The Summit was last year postponed due to the absence of Burundi which said it was holding activities commemorating Independence Heroes Prince Louis Rwagasore and Melchoir Ndadaye.

Officials last night clarified the bad relations between Rwanda and Burundi are not on the agenda.

Both countries accuse each other of supporting rebel groups and/or mercenaries seeking to destabilize their respective Governments.


Today’s Summit was preceded by a three-day meeting which kicked off on January 28 with the Session of Senior Officials of Senior Officials which was be followed by the Session of Permanent/Principal Secretaries/Undersecretaries on Tuesday and the Ministerial Session on January, 30, 2019.

Among the items on the Provisional Agenda of the 20th Summit of the EAC Heads of State are: the status of ratification of various protocols; the status of resolution of long outstanding non-tariff barriers and the progress report on the adoption of Political Confederation as a Transitional Model to the East African Political Federation.

Other issues set for consideration are the road-map for the accelerated integration of South Sudan into the EAC and the verification exercise for the admission of Somalia into the Community.

The Summit will also consider reports on modalities for the promotion of Motor Vehicle Assembly in East Africa aimed at reducing importation of used vehicles into the Community and the review of the textile and leather sector with a view to developing a strong and competitive domestic sector that gives consumers better choice than imported textile and footwear.

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