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The East African : October 26th 2013
2 AGENDA The week ahead MONDAY AU Symposium The African Union will hold its annual humanitarian symposium in Nairobi. African Economic Conference Three-day Eighth African Economic Conference starts in Johannesburg, South Africa under the theme “Regional Integration in Africa.” WEDNESDAY AU convenes the fourth highlevel retreat on the promotion of peace, security and stability in Africa in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. THURSDAY Agriculture Partnership Platform The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform will hold a meeting in Abuja, Nigeria. County governance conference The Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) together with the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) will host a conference on governance and investment opportunities for Kenya’s county governments at Safari Park Hotel on October 31 and November 1. ANGELA MERKEL: The German chancellor said trust between Europe and the US must be “re-established,” following claims that the US National Security Agency eavesdropped on conversations on her cell phone. LUPITA NYONG’O: The Mexican-Kenyan actress won her first award on Monday night at the 17th Hollywood Film Awards held in Los Angeles, California, for her “breakout” role in the movie 12 Years A Slave. OMAR AL-BASHIR: The Sudanese leader visited his southern counterpart to resolve the dispute over the Abyei region. Mr Bashir said the meeting was “fruitful,” and they will ensure the outstanding issues are implemented. GLADYS BOSS SHOLLEI: The chief registrar of Kenya’s Judiciary was sacked following a verdict by the Judicial Service Commission to remove her after two months of investigations into allegations of financial impropriety. JACOB ZUMA: South Africa apologised for controversial remarks its president made about Malawi. President Zuma was widely quoted in the media as saying: “This is Johannesburg. It’s not some national road in Malawi.” FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS OCTOBER 26 - NOVEMBER 1, 2013 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral EAC plans to mark International Day of Democracy The East African Community plans to mark the International Day of Democracy every September 15, following a resolution passed by the regional assembly last week in Bujumbura. The Assembly has urged EAC partner states to institutionalise the day and create public awareness on how people can have their voices heard in the process of legislation and decision making. EAC delegates at a meeting. WEBSITE www.theeastafrican.co.ke EDITORIAL Nairobi Email: 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 .com Ministers vow to fight terrorism jointly EAC member states have agreed to work collectively in fighting terrorism following the recent deadly terrorist attack at the Westgate mall in Kenya. Ministers and permanent secretaries of the EAC made the commitment at the end of the 12th meeting of the Sectoral Council for Lake Victoria Basin in Mwanza, Tanzania. They agreed to share information among countries. The burnt-out shell of Westgate mall after the attack. Debate on South Sudan joining the EAC set for Nov An EAC high-level negotiation team is set to debate whether South Sudan should join the bloc. The meeting is scheduled for November 7-8 in Arusha to determine EAC rules of procedure and the programme on South Sudan. This follows a meeting of the Council of Ministers that was held in August, in which the process of handling the negotiations was approved. South Sudan President Salva Kiir. Regional university enrolment rate drops East Africa has only four per cent enrolment rate in higher education, down from five per cent in previous years, according to the InterUniversity Council for East Africa (IUCEA). “The enrolment rate is going down,” said UCEA executive secretary Mayunga Nkunya. He noted that the region has the lowest enrolment rate in sub-Saharan Africa. The ideal minimum university enrolment rate is 40 per cent. Makerere University graduands. A farmer with his harvest of bananas. Picture: File No cash payout fo≥ ag≥i p≥oject losses By RAY NALUYAGA The EastAfrican CITIZENS TO be affected by an agricultural project will be compensated in kind, a resettlement policy framework (RPF) published by the Prime Minister’s Office last week shows. Initiated at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa Summit 2010 held in Dar es Salaam, the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) aims at achieving higher rates of income growth and job creation in the next 20 years. During the period, SAG- COT aims to bring 350,000 hectares of farmland into commercial production for regional and international markets, increase farming revenue by $1.2 billion as well as lifting two million people out of poverty. To achieve this, the project seeks to create competitive agribusiness value chains across Tanzania’s Southern Corridor, concentrating investments within the rail and road corridor stretching from Dar to Morogoro, Iringa, Mbeya and western Sumbawanga. Although the type of compensation may be an individual’s choice, compensation in kind will be preferred if the loss amounts to more than 20 per cent of the total assets. “Affected people will be consulted as to what type of compensation they prefer, although this will be accompanied by encouraging them to choose compensation in kind, particularly if the affected are not used to dealing with large sums of money,” says the report. Prepared by Environ- mental Resources Management Limited (ERM) of Wallbrook Court, Oxford, London, on behalf of the government of Tanzania, the RPF identifies compensation in kind to include land, houses and building materials. Others are seedlings, ag- ricultural inputs and financial credits for equipment. Dr Ringo Tenga, a lawyer and lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam’s School of Law, told The EastAfrican the compensation in kind makes sense for the rural communities. Dr Tenga said it was al- most impossible to establish the real value of livestock, such as cows and donkeys, to the farmer. “From cows, the residents will not only get milk but also use them for farming and its dung for manure while donkeys are used for carriage; it is impossible to take all these things into account and establish their monetary value,” he said.
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