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November EAC Heads of State Summit Called Off

The Political affairs in the East African Region are showing no signs of stabilizing.

Just days after Rwanda called off a peace talks meeting between its officials and those on the Ugandan side that was scheduled for today in Kampala, the neighboring country has now ordered postponement of the regional Heads of State summit which was planned for the end of this month in Tanzania.

The 21st Extraordinary Summit of the East African Community [EAC) Heads of State was supposed to take place on November 30th in Arusha.

But Rwanda, which has the current chairmanship of the EAC this morning wrote to the bloc secretariat, calling for postponement of the meeting to an unspecified date.

Rwanda’s junior minister for the EAC Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe said in the letter to the EAC Secretary General Liberat Mfumukeko that the summit postponement was requested by “a member of the Summit”

He didn’t specify whether this member was President Paul Kagame himself.

“I have the honour to both inform and request you to notify Partner States that the above mentioned Summit has been postponed to a later date in January or February 2020 due to a request by a member of the summit,” Nduhungirehe wrote.

“A new date will be communicated later after consultation between the EAC Heads of State.”


While Rwanda’s part in this postponement remains obscure, it should be remembered that the previous Summit was postponed twice over the squabbles between Kigali and Bujumbura at the time.

While the Heads of State Summit is not until early next year, the regional council of ministers are expected to sit  this month discuss a number of issues on the agenda.

President Kagame, the bloc chairman, it is understood, asked Secretary General Mfumukeko last week to schedule a one-day dedicated session of the Council of Ministers and heads of EAC Organs and Institutions to take place on Friday 29th November 2019.

The ministers will among others discuss the review and finalization of the new structure of EAC Organs and Institutions approved by the council of Ministers in October, as well as review the budgeting and recruitment processes.

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