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The East African : March 17th 2014
2 AGENDA The week ahead MONDAY Cape Town hosts trade, export meeting The 8th Annual Africa Trade & Export Finance Conference will be held in Cape Town, South Africa. Kenya’s utility firm to dispose of bulbs Kenya Power will hold a media briefing at its Embakasi site as it disposes of the 1.25 million ordinary bulbs, which were replaced with energy saving ones in 2010. TUESDAY Event to discuss political challenges The inaugural humanitarian links Africa event will be held in Kampala. The event seeks to tackle the global concern of humanitarian relief and political challenges on the continent. THURSDAY Kenya to host forest day event in Ngong Kenyan Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife will host International Day of Forests celebrations at Nairobi’s Ngong Forest. MICHAEL SCHUMACHER: The German ex-F1 champion could be in a medically induced coma but is showing “signs that he will wake up,” according to a CNN report. He suffered a head injury while skiing in December last year. GOODLUCK JONATHAN: Nigerian president has ordered a forensic audit into $20 billion, which cannot be accounted for by a state-owned oil firm following weeks of public outrage and demands for immediate action. ALI ZEIDAN: Former Libyan prime minister has defied a travel ban and travelled to Europe. Prosecutors in Tripoli said he had been banned from leaving because of a probe into alleged financial irregularities. MICHAEL SATA: Zambian president has made a Cabinet shake up and fired a deputy minister. President Sata relieved Alfredah Kansembe of her duties as deputy minister in the Ministry of Home Affairs in the reshuffle. BARACK OBAMA: US President last week met Ukraine Prime Minister, as Washington tries to calm a crisis ahead of the Crimea vote. He was among world leaders who warned Russia on annexing Crimea. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS MARCH 15-21,2014 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Illegal cross-border trade frustrates integration Illegal cross-border movement of goods remains a challenge to the East African Community integration process. Last week, the Rwanda Revenue protection department intercepted a vehicle loaded with goods that were being smuggled into the country from Burundi through the Rusizi border. EAC has been on the spot for ivory smuggling, prompting member countries to propose stiffer punishment to ivory smugglers. Trucks loaded with goods crossing the border into Rwanda 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: email@example.com NAIROBI SUBSCRIPTIONS Tel: 328 8554/6/7, Fax: (254-2) 214047/214565 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Member states yet to align some local laws with EAC’s EAC member states are yet to harmonise national laws with regional integration legislation despite calls to have free movement of goods, services, capital and labour across the borders. A survey by Cladho, a human rights body in Rwanda noted that Tanzania immigration laws still bar foreigners from being employed in certain occupations, which are reserved for Tanzanians. A market in Dar. Some jobs are reserved for Tanzanians Plans underway to unite filmmakers in the region EAC seeks to form a regional body of Filmmakers to make the industry vibrant. EAC Secretary General Richard Sezibera said the industry has potential to uphold culture while providing employment to the youths despite the challenges it faces. “The EAC is aware of the critical challenges facing the sectors such as low capacity, infrastructure, financing and copyright among others,” said Dr Sezibera. Kenya’s actress Lupita Nyong’o with her Oscar statute. Awareness campaigns key in integration process EAC member states require continuous awareness campaigns if the masses were to understand the integration process, experts have said. Speaking during the 4th EAC communication policy and strategy forum last week, Beatrice Kung’u, the forum’s chairperson called for a joint approach towards the discharge of duties among all communications experts within EAC’s key organs. Kenya’s immigration offices at Namanga border. Speaker Margaret Zziwa chairs a meeting in Mombasa. Picture: File EALA to pass law on citizen pa≥ticipation By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent EAST AFRICAN Legislative Assembly (EALA) is pushing for enactment of a law that will ensure that East Africans are actively involved in the integration process. EALA members have for- warded the proposed Civic Education Bill to all National Assemblies of member states for scrutiny before it is passed into law. “This will help to ensure an increased awareness on the EAC integration process by citizens of the partner states,” said Peter Mathuki, Kenya’s EALA representative. Once the law is enacted, Mr Mathuki said the EAC partner states and stakeholders will be required to sensitise their citizens on the integration matters. EAC matters “The aim of the Bill is to ensure that citizens can understand EAC matters and get involved in the integration process. This will make them know that EAC is people-centred and a marketdriven Community,” he said. Article 7 of the EAC Treaty on the establishment of the EAC provides for a people- centred and market driven economy. According to Mr Mathuki, although partner states are supporting market-driven economy, the people-centred aspect of the integration process has not received enough attention. “As a result, the people of East Africa remain fundamentally ignorant of the Treaty and the whole integration process,” he noted. The Bill, he said, will provide a legal framework within which East Africans at all levels will be equipped with necessary knowledge and information about the affairs and activities of the Community. Awareness tour Last month, EALA mem- bers conducted a 10-day awareness tour of Kenya during which they urged citizens to embrace regional integration. “During the tour, we re- alised that there is lack of EAC awareness,” said EALA Speaker Margaret Zziwa, adding that not all citizens are aware of what goes on in the region. “We need to do more to ensure that information on EAC is availed to all citizens and that they are aware of new developments about the integration process. This must be communicated to citizens so that we are integrating as one,” said Mrs Zziwa.
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