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The East African : Oct 13th 2014
2 AGENDA The week ahead MONDAY Science journalists conference Three-day African Science Journalists Conference, to discuss how the gap between science journalists and policy makers can be bridged, starts in Nairobi. AU conference on human trafficking Three-day AU Regional Conference on Human Trafficking and Smuggling in the Horn of Africa starts in Sudan TUESDAY African development forum The ninth African Development Forum on Innovative Financing for Africa’s Transformation will be held in Marrakesh, Morocco WEDNESDAY Disaster reduction The World International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction is celebrated, focusing on older people and disasters. Business Summit Three-day East African Business Summit starts in Kigali THURSDAY World Food Day The 2014 World Food Day will be celebrated under the theme Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth. MALALA YOUSAFZAI: The Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner. At 17, she is the youngest ever recipient of the prize. ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF: The Liberian president has suspended next week’s special senatorial elections, in line with powers given her by the Constitution and the declaration of the Ebola state of emergency. PATRICK MODIANO: The French historical author won the 2014 Nobel Prize for literature. The Nobel Academy described the novelist, whose work has often focused on the Nazi occupation of France, as “a Marcel Proust of our time”. YOWERI MUSEVENI: The Ugandan president criticised the International Criminal Court for issuing summons to Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, in disregard of an AU resolution on the trial of sitting presidents. THOMAS ERIC DUNCAN: The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the US died on Wednesday. Duncan carried the deadly virus with him from his home in Liberia, though he showed no symptoms when he left for the United States. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS OCTOBER 11-17,2014 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral AfDB approves $98 million in loans for science training The African Development Bank Group on Friday approved loans of $98 million to finance the first phase of the East Africa Centres of Excellence for Skills and Tertiary Education in Biomedical Sciences programme in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. The project aims to develop a highly skilled workforce in biomedical sciences to meet EAC’s labour market needs. Bachelor of Science graduands. WEBSITE www.theeastafrican.co.ke EDITORIAL Nairobi Email: email@example.com P.O. 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EACJ will benefit Rwandans, judge says Rwanda Chief Justice Sam Rugege has said that Rwandans will benefit from the East African Court of Justice, which ensures the adherence to law in the interpretation and application of the EAC Treaty. “If a case arises in Rwanda, Uganda, or Kenya, the court will bring the case to the EACJ if it is in its jurisdiction. This means that Rwandans citizens will access more avenues for justice,” he said. The East African Court of Justice in session. Kenyan operators test new Customs system Clearing and forwarding agents have already started filing documents under the Kenya National Electronic Single Window System, which is expected to ease Customs processes at the port. The Kenya Revenue Authority has cleared 80 firms to operate under the Authorised Economic Operators status through which they will lodge import declaration forms, permits and other documents on the system. Goods are offloaded at the port of Mombasa. Zebras cross a murram road inside Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Picture: File Da≥ files appeal on Se≥engeti ≥uling By ADAM IHUCHA Special Correspondent TANZANIA HAS appealed against a regional court’s ruling against the construction of a highway through Serengeti National Park. On June 20, the first in- stance division of the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) ruled against the construction of the road on the grounds that it would interfere with the Serengeti-Maasai Mara transboundary ecosystem. On Wednesday, Tanza- nia filed its appeal with the appellate division of EACJ to nullify the first instance division decision. It argues that the EACJ lacks jurisdiction to permanently forbid construction of the proposed highway. Principal State Attor- ney Gabriel Malata told the court in Arusha that Serengeti has been well preserved by Tanzania so far, and that it is the property of a sovereign state. He argued that no clause in the EAC Treaty objects to the construction of the road. According to Mr Malata, the proposal to upgrade the road cannot be challenged in court, and disputed the enforcement of Articles 111 and 114 of the EAC protocol on Environment and Natural Resources Management, which is yet to be ratified by the EAC partner states. Respondent However, African Net- work for Animal Welfare (ANAW) lawyer Saitabao Ole Kanchory argued that the delay by Tanzania in ratifying the EAC Environment and Natural Resource Protocol was not a warrant to undertake a project that would disrupt the transboundary ecosystem. Mr Kanchory said Tanza- nia was obliged to adhere to international protocols and conventions to protect the Serengeti, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Vice president of EACJ Justice Liboire Nkurunziza, Justice James Ogoola and Justice Edward Rutakangwa of the appelate court directed the appellant, the Attorney General of Tanzania, to present his submission within 14 days; the respondent, ANAW, was given 30 days. The appeal will be heard in December. Tanzania had hoped to link the northeastern and western parts of the country through the road.
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