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The East African : Oct 10th 2015
2 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral EAC, Unesco hold workshop on regional integration The East African Community and Unesco hosted a three day workshop in Arusha recently, that drew participants from community radio stations across member states, to promote the role of the media in creating awareness, debate and involvement of the broad range of stakeholders in regiopnal integration. Freedoms of integration still out of reach for EA citizens Kenya is calling on the region to co-ordinate its integration efforts and speed up the Political Federation. President Uhuru Kenyata said that while the Protocol was ratified and came into force almost six years ago, East Africans are still not enjoying the freedoms of integration. KAM, TMEA deal to boost business in the region The Kenya Association of Manufacturers and Trademark East Af- rica have signed a two-year deal that will see the extension of a financial grant to the former. The grant will assist in boosting the region’s business environment and the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector. African Union seeks to join Ruto Hague case as ‘friend of the court’ KENYA: T he African Union has requested to be enjoined as a friend of the court in Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto’s case at the International Criminal Court. However, legal experts say the continental body will have to prove that it will be adding value to the case. They argue that it would www.theeastafrican.co.ke EDITORIAL E-mail: email@example.com NAIROBI ADVERTISING AND CIRCULATION Connie Mwangemi, Nation Centre, Kimathi Street, P.O. Box 49010, GPO 00100, Nairobi. 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Tel: +250782420421 E-mail: email@example.com be a tall order for the AU to be enjoined as a friend of the court (amicas curiae) because it is already an interested party having passed a resolution for the deferral or termination of the cases involving Ruto, journalist Joshua Sang and Sudanese President Omar alBashir. “For an organisation or an entity to be enjoined in a case at the ICC, it must prove that it is going to add value to the case from a neutral perspective and not to be seen as biased,” said Edga Kavulavu, programme officer at the International Commission of Jurists, Kenya Chapter. He gave the example of the Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto greets radio journalist Joshua Sang outside the ICC in The Hague in January. Picture: File failure by Kenya to lobby support at the recent United Nations General Assembly because most countries argued that there is already an ongoing appeal against the use of Rule 68 by the Ruto defence team. Rule 68 allows the use of recorded testimony of witnesses who have died, disowned their testimony or refused to testify in court. The AU had argued that the continuation of the cases would pose security risks to the country and the region. Also working against AU is the resolution to increase the jurisdiction of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights to include international crime, which came with a rider of immunity for sitting presidents and top government officials. Uganda and Namibia have also applied to be enjoined as friends of the court on the grounds that the AU has agreed to the amendment of Rule 68 on condition that it was not going to be used retrospectively in the Kenyan cases. Cou≥t gives nod to thi≥d te≥m KIGALI RWANDA’S ONLY opposition party — Democratic Green Party of Rwanda — has failed in its bid to stop an amendment to the country’s Constitution to remove presidential term limits. The Rwandan Supreme Court in Kigali on Thursday dismissed the case filed by Green Party. The court’s decision reinforces the ongoing work by an independent commission set up recently to oversee the review of the country’s Constitution, and determine which articles must be amended. Following the ruling by the court chaired by Chief Justice Prof Sam Rugege, the Green Party said it is considering other legal procedures like filing a case in the African Court of Human and Peoples Rights as well as the East African Court of Justice. “According to Article 98 of the Rwandan Constitution, the President of the Republic is the guardian of the Constitution and guarantor of national unity. The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, will therefore, appeal to the president to ensure the non-lifting of presidential term limits in the Constitution,” said Frank Habineza, President of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda. Mbabazi terms Museveni’s nomination illegal UGANDA: Uganda’s opposition presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi has asked the Electoral Commission to cancel President Yoweri Museveni’s nomination papers. Mr Mbabazi said that since the NRM has not yet elected a presidential flag bearer, President Museveni illegally received nomination forms. “NRM has not yet elected its presidential flag bearer for the 2016 presidential election. It therefore goes without saying that NRM could not have legally collected nomination papers, let alone soliciting signatures to support a non-existing flag bearer,” said Mr Mbabazi. Tanzania arrests region’s most wanted ivory trafficker TANZANIA: Authorities in Tanzania have arrested one of the most wanted ivory traffickers in the region. Chinese national, Yang Feng Glan, nicknamed the “Queen of Ivory” was arrested together with other suspected Ivory traffickers. Tanzania’s National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit said that they have tracked Ms Yang over a period of one year. If convicted, Ms Yang faces 20-30 years behind bars. SVETLANA ALEXIEVICH: This year’s Nobel Laureate for Literature says her approach is to let “human voices speak for themselves.” Her first documentary book: War’s Unwomanly Face (1985) thrust her into the limelight. ISSA HAYATOU: The chief of the Confederation of African Football is temporarily in charge of world football body Fifa. Fifa has suspended current president Sepp Blatter. Mr Hayatou is the longest-serving vice-president on Fifa’s executive committee. REGIONAL ROUNDUP GRACE MUGABE: The Zimbabwean First Lady held a political rally at Cashel Valley in Chimanimani, which residents said the local MP Joseph Chinotimba asked them to pay $8 to attend. They attended fearing being linked to the opposition. JOSE MARIO VAZ: The Guinea-Bissau president has rejected a Cabinet proposed by his new prime minister, saying it was too large. This deals a blow to efforts to solve a crisis that has threatened to destabilise the coupplagued country. in b≥ief SEPP BLATTER: The Fifa president is appealing against his 90-day ban from football’s world governing body. The 79-year-old Swiss has been suspended from all duties while Fifa’s ethics committee investigates graft claims against its leader. The EastAfrican NEWS OCTOBER 10-16,2015 FACES IN THE NEWS Failure to pay soldiers puts fight against Al Shabaab at risk SOMALIA: Somalia’s inability to pay and even feed its soldiers threatens to undermine years of hard-won military gains against Islamist Al Shabaab rebels, with corruption sapping morale and weakening the army in the war against the militants. “Commanding unpaid troops is a problem as your orders fall on deaf ears,” Colonel Farah, a military commander in southern Somalia told Reuters. “You cannot ask them to go with you to the front line. They say, ‘What are we dying for?’.” Spanish court revokes arrest warrants against 40 Rwandans RWANDA: Spain’s Supreme Court has revoked arrest warrants against 40 current and former Rwandan officials. The arrest warrants were issued in 2008 by a Spanish judge. The revocation follows a successful appeal by a nongovernmental organisation contesting a January 28 ruling by the Spanish High Court that revoked the warrants and ordered the case closed. Rwanda’s Justice Minister Johnston Busingye said that despite the Rwandan government not being party to the case, it has always insisted that the case was politically motivated and not based on proper or credible investigation.
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