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The East African : Mar 9th 2015
2 AGENDA MONDAY EAC sectoral council convenes in Arusha A two-day meeting of the East African Community’s Sectoral Council on Education, Science & Technology, Culture and Sports is set for Arusha. TUESDAY Rules of origin mission meeting EAC Rules of Origin Verification Mission meeting to be held in Arusha. Jo’burg to host a two-day retail meet A two-day exhibition and conference on retail and commerce kicks off in Johannesburg. WEDNESDAY Trade in services experts in Nairobi EAC experts on trade in services will be meeting in Nairobi. Regional trade remedies workshop An EAC regional workshop on trade remedies to open in Arusha. SATURDAY UN disaster risk conference in Japan A four-day 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction starts in Sendai, Japan. NGOZI OKONJOIWEALA: Nigerian civil society group Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (Serap) has taken the finance minister to court over allegedly “missing $148 billion”in federal funds. GILLES CISTAC: The prominent constitutional lawyer of French origin gunned down in the Mozambican capital Maputo was a central figure in a sensitive debate about autonomy for provinces and decentralising power. SAMUEL SAMSUMANA: The Sierra Leone vice-president is the highest ranking African official to go into self-imposed quarantine after his bodyguard died of Ebola in over a year of the virus outbreak in West Africa. BART KATUREEBE: The 64-year-old former justice of the Supreme Court of Uganda was appointed Chief Justice by President Yoweri Museveni after the retirement and controversial reappointment of Benjamin Odoki. HIFIKEPUNYE POHAMBA: The retiring president won the 2014 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership for his focus on forging national cohesion and reconciliation in his country Namibia. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS MARCH 7-13,2015 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Four Comesa member states scrap visas for bloc’s citizens Mauritius, Rwanda and Seychelles have scrapped visas on Comesa member state citizens as Zambia waived visas for those on official business only. That is part of efforts to implement the bloc’s Protocol on Free Movement of Persons, Services, Labour and Rights of Establishment and Residence in the region. So far, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Zimbabwe have signed the protocol on free movement of persons. Only Burundi has ratified it. Comesa Assistant Secretary-General Kipyego Cheluget (left) and other officials at the opening of the first peer-review meeting for the bloc in Nairobi on February 24. www.theeastafrican.co.ke EDITORIAL Nairobi E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org P.O. 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Box 49010 00100-Nairobi, Tel: +254 20 3288149 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org NAIROBI SUBSCRIPTIONS Tel: 328 8554/6/7, Fax: (254-2) 214047/214565 E-mail: email@example.com Regional court suffers shortage of judges, says EACJ chief Delayed completion of cases filed will continue to haunt the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) because of shortage of judges. Its judges also serve in their respective states. President of the Court Justice Emmanuel Ugirashebuja said the EACJ experiences delays in determining cases, leading to justice delayed, but there is little it can do to end the crisis. Justice Ugirashebuja said the relevant authorities in the bloc had been notified of the matter. The East African Court of Justice (EACJ) in session. EAC to digitise information for ease of access, sharing The East African Community will digitalise its vast information resources — ranging from treaties and protocols to photographs and maps. The initiative is due to the recognition of the need to make EAC information easily accessible and shared effectively by stakeholders and researchers. According to EAC Director of Human Resource and Administration, Joseph Ochwada, the project will also cover all the EAC organs and institutitons scattered across the region. The EAC headquarters at the Arusha International Conference Centre in Tanzania. Northern Corridor summit to decide fate of 14 projects The three heads of state from Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda are expected to give their directives on 14 infrastructure projects at the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) Summit due in Kigali from March 7. They include infrastructural facilities in key sectors, including building an oil refinery in Uganda and oil and gas pipelines, enabling Customs integration and single tourist visa and putting in place electricity grids to enable sharinng of electricity. Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta, Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame at a past summit. Kikwete hints at te≥≥o≥ link to police attacks By CHRIS KIDANKA The East African a possible terror link to last month’s attack on police stations and exchange of gunfire between security officers and armed men in the port city of Tanga. This comes after the police P had down-played the incident which left one military officer dead and five others seriously injured in what was believed to be an organised terrorist operation. Tanga region police chief, Fresser Kashai, had earlier said the incident was “ordinary banditry.” But President Kikwete’s comment, in his end-of-themonth address to the nation, has become the first statement linking the attack to possible terrorism. The incident in Tanga, which involved an exchange of gunfire that left one army officer dead, came after a series of attacks on police stations reported in different parts of the country by people who in two cases stole guns from the police stations. An 11-minute video footage circulating through social media shows a man calling himself Kaisy bin Abdullah, warning authorities over further attacks on prisons to free people who have been “inappropriately jailed.” The Inspector General of Police, Ernest Mangu, told The EastAfrican that they have not established whether the man in the video clip has any association with terrorist groups, but security forces are investigating the incident. However, despite say- ing that the incidents had “banditry characteristics and terrorist inclination,” resident Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania has suggested the president has appealed for calm saying that security organs are doing everything possible to bring to justice all those involved and implicated in the incident. In the past two months, incidents of unknown people attacking police stations and policemen in patrol have been reported in Newala, southern Tanzania, in the natural gas-rich region of Mtwara, Coast region and Bukombe in the gold-rich region of Geita, where the attackers stole 18 guns. President Kikwete said all the 18 guns seized in Bukombe have been recovered and 10 people arrested over the incident. ‘Ordinary banditry’ “Concerning the Tanga in- cident, one of the two stolen guns has been recovered and seven suspects have been arrested. Four of them are those who were hiding in Kiomoni caves (in Tanga suburbs). Already four of those who allegedly participated in the Ikwiriri incident have been arrested,” said President Kikwete. Paul Chagonja, Police Commissioner for operations later told the media that after a thorough search of the caves, they only found motorcycles, clothes and items that are believed to have been stolen from nearby homes. Other incidents were re- ported in Tanga, northeastern Tanzania and Songea in the south. Speaking to The EastAfri- can, the inspector general of police maintained that no terror link to the incidents has been established and some of the suspects arrested appear not to have any foreign connection. He said the attackers escaped through an opening in the roof of the cave.
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