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The East African : Oct 6th 2014
2 AGENDA Monday AU conference on drug control, Addis Two-day Sixth Session of the African Union Conference of ministers on Drug Control in Africa starts in Addis Ababa.. Tuesday FAO meeting on commodity problems Two-day Food and Agriculture Organisation global Committee meeting on Commodity Problems to track agricultural commodity markets, in Rome, Italy. Wednesday Meeting on climate change in Africa Three-day conference on climate change and development in Africa under the theme, “Africa can feed Africa now: Translating climate knowledge into action” starts in Marrakesh, Morocco Thursday Knowledge support system meeting 2014 Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) Annual Conference at the African Union Commission Conference Centre, Addis Ababa THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Bill promises co-op societies a regional reach Co-operative societies in Kenya will be allowed to run cross-border operations in East Africa if a new Bill allowing for a seamless operation in the region is adopted. The East African Community Co-operative Societies Bill, 2014 is to be re-tabled in the East African Legislative Assembly next month following the conclusion of public hearings across the member countries of the bloc. Memebers of a co-operative society at a meeting. WEBSITE www.theeastafrican.co.ke EDITORIAL Nairobi Email: email@example.com P.O. Box 49010 GPO Nairobi 00100 Tel: 328 8406-10 Dar es Salaam Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 2119657-9 Fax: 232781 ADVERTISING, CIRCULATION, SUBSCRIPTIONS ARUSHA Nassib Majamba, Summit Centre, 3rd Floor, Sokoine Road, P.O Box 14146, Arusha Tel +255 272 544505 email@example.com DAR ES SALAAM Prosper Lawrence, Harbour View Towers, 4th Floor, Samora Avenue P.O Box 8101, Dar es salaam Tel +255 22 2119657/8/9 Fax +255 22 2115566 firstname.lastname@example.org KAMPALA Richard Senkwale, Crested Towers, Short Tower, 1st Floor, Hannington Road, P.O. Box 6100, Kampala. Tel: 232771/2, Fax: 232781 E-mail: email@example.com KIGALI 13th Floor, Kigali City Tower Tel: +250 782 420421, Kigali. firstname.lastname@example.org NAIROBI ADVERTISING AND CIRCULATION Connie Mwangemi, Nation Centre, Kimathi Street, P.O. Box 49010-00100 Nairobi, Tel: +254 20 3288149 E-mail: email@example.com NAIROBI SUBSCRIPTIONS Tel: 328 8554/6/7, Fax: (254-2) 214047/214565 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Trademark’s $100m for one-stop border posts upgrade Trademark East Africa, the non-profit organisation that has been spearheading trade integration across the bloc, has invested about $100 million in the upgrade of one-stop border posts. So far, construction at the Holili-Taveta one-stop border post at the Kenya-Tanzania border is complete, paving the way for controls that will save time and money for traders ferrying goods into northern Tanzania. The one-stop post at the Holili-Taveta border. Civil society urges stronger, more popular integration Civil society wants EALA to strengthen and popularise integration. “We shall implement Article 59 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC, which affords EALA an opportunity to move private members Bills as an avenue that strengthens democratic space and avails inclusivity in the legislation making process,” said East African Civil Society Organisations’ Forum executive director Martin Mwondha. Busia at the Kenya-Uganda border FAO forms group for climate smart agriculture The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Eastern Africa has formed a sub-regional working group that will enable millions of farmers in the region to practise climate smart agriculture, thereby strengthen food security and improve farmers livelihoods. The concept addresses the interlinked challenges of food security and climate change, with the objective to increase agricultural productivity. A farmer at a crop demonstration plot EALA Speaker Margaret Zziwa. Picture: File Membe≥s, Zziwa yet to make peace By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent T he long running dispute between members of the East African Legislative Assembly and its Speaker Margaret Zziwa is expected to flare up during the sitting that starts on October 19 in Kigali. Rwanda representative Abdul Karim Harelimana said some EALA members will go to court instead of attending the next sitting. “We shall stay away to show our displeasure because the Speaker continues to treat members with disrespect, ignoring what we say,” he said. Mr Harelimana also ac- cused the Speaker of downplaying the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis. The Speaker allegedly blocked a motion that would have allowed the House to establish a committee to investigate the causes of genocide and how to fight it. Ms Zziwa, however, dis- puted this, saying under her tenure EALA has passed two anti-genocide motions. She said the genocide committee has not been established because no one tabled the motion. Following two earlier mo- tions that were debated in 2013, EALA agreed to establish a committee on genocide. But Ahmed Abdi Ogle, an EALA representative from Kenya, only came up with an acceptable motion on September 4. On the day the motion was to be passed, only one Burundian and two Rwandan were in the house. EALA can only have quorum if at least three members from each partner state are present. “Had the Burundians and Rwandans been in the House on the last day, I would still have dealt with the debate on the genocide committee,” she said. Amend Treaty Some opinion leaders are now calling an amendment to the Treaty so that East Africans can recall EALA members when necessary. Irene Ovonji-Odida the board chair of ActionAid International, said that the treaty allows EALA members to do nothing and still keep the job if one’s party is not displeased. Ms Ovonji-Odida said the treaty should be changed so that EALA MPs are voted in because they represent different stakeholders like farmers, workers and business owners. But Sarah Mwebaza, former EAC Committee chair in the Uganda parliament said that EALA’s biggest problem is that they are not accountable to anyone. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS OCTOBER 4-10,2014 UHURU KENYATTA: International Criminal Court Judges rejected the Kenyan president’s request to postpone a hearing or appear via video link, and insisted he must appear in person at the Hague on October 8 for the trial. ASHRAF GHANI: The US-educated anthropologist turned reformist politician was sworn in as Afghanistan’s new president, replacing Hamid Karzai. He will share power with runner-up Abdullah Abdullah. HOSNI MUBARAK; An Egyptian court postponed a verdict in the retrial of the former Egyptian president on charges of corruption and killing protesters during the 2011 uprising. The verdict has now been set for November 29. JULIA PIERSON: Resigned as the director of the US Secret Service, following revelations of yet another security breach involving the president. Homeland Security named Joseph Clancy as acting director. HILLARY CLINTON: The former US secretary of state announced a $600 million plan to encourage enrolment of girls at secondary schools worldwide, in the face of security and access problems in the developing world.
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