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The East African : Mar 23rd 2015
2 AGENDA MONDAY EAC Customs law experts meet A five day meeting of EAC Customs law experts kicks off in Arusha. TUESDAY Global tuberculosis awareness day World Tuberculosis Day to raise awareness about the burden of tuberculosis worldwide and the status of TB prevention and control efforts. WEDNESDAY Joint annual AU finance meeting The 8th joint annual meetings of the African Union on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration and the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development kicks off in Addis Ababa THURSDAY Comesa summit on industrialisation Week-long 18th Comesa Summit under the theme ”Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialisation” starts in Addis Ababa FRIDAY Workshop on EAC institutional report A five day stakeholders’ workshop to validate the draft final report of the EAC institutional review begins in Nairobi The regional assembly will give priority to the passage of a new law on the elimination of nontariff-barrier (NTBs) to end protectionism that has hindered smooth trade among partner states. East African Legislative Assembly Speaker Daniel Kidega said the Elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers Bill, 2015 would be fast-tracked to compel states to eliminate the numerous NTBs. EALA members at a sitting in Kigali. www.theeastafrican.co.ke EDITORIAL Nairobi E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org P.O. Box 49010 GPO Nairobi 00100 Tel: 328 8406-10 Dar es Salaam Email: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org DAR ES SALAAM Philip Kassanga, Harbour View Towers, 4th Floor, Samora Avenue P.O. Box 8101, Dar es Salaam Tel: +255 22 2119657/8/9 Fax: 255 22 2115566 email@example.com KAMPALA Richard Senkwale, Crested Towers, Short Tower, 7th Floor, Hannington Road, P.O. Box 6100, Kampala. Tel: 232771/2, Fax: 232781 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org KIGALI Andrew Busingye Bodifa Mercy House-Gishushu, 8th floor. Tel: + 250 782 420421, Kigali email@example.com NAIROBI ADVERTISING AND CIRCULATION Connie Mwangemi, Nation Centre, Kimathi Street, P.O. 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 Mega investments in Africa grow by 46pc — Deloitte Investment in Africa’s mega projects grew by 46 per cent to $326 billion last year, led by heavy investment in transport, energy and power, according to the third yearly Deloitte African Construction Trends report, which monitors progress in capital intensive infrastructure on the continent. To qualify for inclusion in the report, projects must be worth more than $50 million and have broken ground by June 1, 2014. Engineers monitor activities at the Menengai geothermal field in Nakuru EALA to start debating petitions from EAC citizens Speaker Kidega plans to open up the East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) for petitions from the public. “Eala shall in future make use of petitions as way of addressing the issues of stakeholders,” he told members in Burundi. Mr Kidega said that petitioning Parliament is a right of citizens. The speaker further affirmed that his Assembly has been and will involve the citizens using various means such as public hearings, Delegates at a meeting with the EAC on the Customs Union Stakeholders in Maritime sector ask for clusters Stakeholders in the maritime industry are advocating for the development of clusters of companies in order to grow the sector. According to Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) director general Nancy Karigithu, since maritime activities are interconnected, dealing with the sector in clusters means that “the value of the whole exceeds the sum of its parts.” Nancy Karigithu, director general of KMA at a meeting GRACE OGOT: The 80-yearold former Kenyan assistant minister and author died in Nairobi while being rushed to hospital. She was well known for her novel The Promised Land and a collection of short stories titled Land without Thunder. SAMUEL SAM-SUMANA: Sierra Leonean vice president was sacked by President Bai Koroma after he sought asylum in the US embassy in Freetown after soldiers surrounded his home for giving false information about his master’s degree. COLLINS CHABANE: The 54-year old South African Cabinet Minister for Public Service, and two of his security staff, were killed in a crash after his car collided with a lorry in the northeastern city of Polokwane. LOMBE CHIBESAKUNDA: Zambia’s fomer acting chief justice was appointed the first female head of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Court of Justice, replacing Nzamba Kitonga of Kenya. MOHAMMED BADIE: An Egyptian court has handed down death sentences to the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 13 others. The group was found guilty of planning attacks against the state. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS MARCH 21-27,2015 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral EA assembly to give non tariff-barriers Bill priority EALA at a meeting on the Common Market Protocol in Nairobi. A recent audit report accused the EAC of misuse of funds. Pic: File Ministe≥s to slash EAC budgets ove≥ audit ≥epo≥t By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent THE EAST AFRICAN Community Secretariat, Lake Victoria Basin Commission and the East African Court of Justice are the main casualties of cuts proposed in the EAC budget for 2015/2016. According to the EAC ministers who met in Arusha from March 9 to 13, the proposal to cut the budget for the three organs is a result of more scrutiny of the budget figures. In the EAC internal audit report released recently by the East African Accounts Committee the three organs were accused of mismanaging money allocated to them. Compared with the 2014/ 2015 budget ($124,069,625), next year’s budget reflects an overall decrease of 11 per cent. Out of the requested amount of $110,660,098, the EAC Secretariat will get $69,636,849 — 8 per cent less than last year. The EACJ will get $4,301,551, a 6 per cent decrease from the previous budget while the Lake Victoria Basin Commission will get $10,137,163, which is 24 per cent less. “The East African Court of Justice, Lake Victoria Ba- sin Commission (LVBC) and the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organisation (LVFO) spent most of their money on activities that could have been avoided,” said the report. The audit report stated that the EAC Secretariat overspent on some activities without seeking approval from the Council of Ministers. The most notable over-expenditure was on international air tickets and per diems, which were 300 per cent of the budgeted amount. The EACJ is reported to have spent $116,000 on daily subsistence allowances at the rate of $350 per person for meetings to evaluate bidding documents and review the strategic plan, among other things. The meetings were held in Moshi, a two-hour drive from the duty station. This was also the case at LVBC. The commission paid a total of $13,705 for subsistence allowance, fuel and conference cost on evaluation of tenders and pre-qualifications for 2013/2014 done in Gisambai and Vihiga, both just over 20 kilometres from Kisumu City, when they could have paid only sitting allowances had the exercise been carried out at the LVBC headquarters in Kisumu.
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