On Monday, 18th November, 2019 President Museveni launched the National Stakeholders Consultations to Draft the Constitution for the East African Community Political Confederation at State House, Entebbe, Uganda.
President Museveni underscored the importance of the EAC attaining a Political Federation, adding that the Political Confederation was a transitional model to the Political Federation as enshrined in the Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC.
President Museveni said that the Political Federation would re-energise efforts to promote the prosperity of all East Africans which can be attained through trade and economic growth.
The Head of State said that the Political Federation would also guarantee the strategic security of smaller member countries of the Community against external threats.
He further cited fraternity of all East Africans noting that the peoples of the East African region share similar cultures, languages and origins with Kiswahili as a lingua franca.
In his remarks, EAC Secretary General Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko said that the National Stakeholders Consultations would ensure participation of EAC citizens in the integration process and particularly the Political Federation pillar.
“The drafting of the EAC Political Confederation is being undertaken by a team of Constitutional Experts nominated by the Partner States. The 18-member team is chaired by Justice Dr. Benjamin Odoki, the Chief Justice Emeritus of the Uganda,” said Amb. Mfumukeko, adding that the Confederation Constitution development process was projected to be completed in 2022 with its adoption by the Summit.
Amb. Mfumukeko said that the development of the Constitution for the EAC Political Confederation was a political process that requires high levels of inclusion and participation of stakeholders.
“Consequently, it is an expensive project requiring substantial financial investment. So far, we have been behind the schedules in the process due to insufficient financial allocation for this project. In our estimation, the process of drafting the Constitution will require resources to the tune of US$4.8 milion,” said the SG.
The SG urged the Summit of EAC Heads of State to consider a special funding arrangement to enable the completion of the project in good time.
Speaking at the event, the Chairperson of the Team of Constitutional Experts, Justice (retired) Dr. Benjamin Odoki, disclosed that the team had already completed a comprehensive study of various confederations around the world for purposes of appreciating the concept and practice of confederations.
Odoki further said that the team had also finalised a study and analysing of the EAC establishment.