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The East African : May 19th 2014
2 AGENDA The week ahead: MONDAY AfDB annual meetings in Kigali, Rwanda The annual African Development Bank (AfDB) meetings kick off in Kigali, Rwanda. The meetings are expected to assess the continent’s economic status, prospects and future. Umeme to release list of new shareholders Uganda power utility Umeme is expected to announce the new shareholder list after selling of majority stake in the company. TUESDAY Nairobi to host annual ICT meeting The 10th Annual East Africa Communication Meeting will be held at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi to discuss the region’s information and communication technology sector. Mail & Guardian launch in Nairobi Mail & Guardian Africa hosts a business breakfast meeting to mark its official launch at Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi. WEDNESDAY 2014 bank awards The 2014 African Banker Awards winners will be announced at Kigali Serena Hotel, Rwanda during the eighth edition of the Awards. ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF: Liberian president has signed into a law a code of conduct that seeks to ensure discipline among government officials and reduce corruption and nepotism within public service. JACOB ZUMA: South African president has dedicated his African National Congress victory to the late Nelson Mandela. The party’s 62.15 per cent win gives it a fifth term in government and President Zuma second term. EHUD OLMERT: Former Israeli prime minister will serve a six-year jail term on charges of bribery, a court in Tel Aviv has ruled. He was found guilty of receiving millions of dollars from the Holyland Development Company. ALI MOHAMMED SHEIN: President of Zanzibar has rejected the proposed increase of allowances for Members of the House of Representatives from $89 to $119, saying the economy cannot afford it. ROBERT MUGABE: Zimbabwe’s president is once again in Singapore for a week-long private visit where he will undergo a “routine eye checkup.” Mugabe (90) was in Singapore during his annual leave in January. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS MAY 17-23,2014 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Leaders blame police for slow movement of goods Business leaders have accused Tanzanian police of creating barriers to local and regional trade. Speakers at an East Africa Business Council breakfast meeting last week observed that police stop vehicles up to 10 times between Namanga and Arusha. “We can’t have goods moving faster and people moving slower,” said Dr Richard Sezibera in reaction to the concerns, adding that almost all roadblocks on the Northern Corridor had been removed. A police roadblock WEBSITE www.theeastafrican.co.ke EDITORIAL Nairobi Email: firstname.lastname@example.org P.O. 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Box 49010 GPO, Nairobi 00100 Tel: +254 20 328 8149 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org NAIROBI SUBSCRIPTIONS Tel: 328 8554/6/7 Fax: +254 2 214047/214565 E-mail: email@example.com Single visa campaigns intensified to promote tourism Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya are taking advantage of tourism promotion events worldwide to popularise the single visa initiative in an effort to attract tourists to the region. The three countries last week launched a single tourist visa campaign in South Africa during the Indaba Annual Travel show in Durban, two months after it was launched in the US. In March, the three countries took the campaign to Berlin’s International Tourism Bourse. Tourists arrrive in Mombasa Uganda steps up efforts to issue ID cards Uganda will use its chief administrative officers to speed up identity card registration. Aronda Nyakairima, the country’s Internal Affairs Minister, speaking at a meeting called to review the progress and challenges in implementing the ongoing registration, emphasised that lack of IDs would deny Ugandans free movement across the region. Ugandans, Rwandans and Kenyans can use national IDs to move across the three countries EAC, IFAD in partnership to boost food production The EAC has reached out to donors to boost food production, trade and value addition. Regional representatives last week met 14 International Fund for the Agricultural Development (IFAD) officials to explore how IFAD can engage with EAC to support trade within the region under the EAC Food Security Action Plan. the EAC Secretariat had called for support to develop the dry lands of EAC. A farmer carries cabbages for sale Speaker Margaret Zziwa addresses EALA MPs. Picture: File EALA MPs to p≥oceed with censu≥e motion By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent A section of East African Legislative Assembly members have vowed to proceed with efforts to remove Speaker Margaret Zziwa from office when the House resumes sittings on May 27 despite a court order. The regional MPs said the East African Court of Justice has no mandate to stop an ongoing process in the Assembly. “The EACJ can only stop a motion before it is presented to the House and not at this level,” said Kenyanrepresentative Peter Mathuki, who moved the censure motion. A Tanzania MP who asked not to be named said the court will only “protect the Speaker for a while.” “The court can only delay, but not defeat our mission,” he said. “We respect the court, but this issue is all about a sour working relationship between the Speaker and legislators; do you think the court can restore the lost trust?” he asked. In its interim orders is- sued on the May 9, the EACJ ordered EALA to maintain the status quo and restrained the MPs from debating a motion seeking to remove the Speaker pend- ing the delivery of its ruling on May 29. However, Ugandan repre- sentative Fred Mbidde said debating the motion would violate the law. The censure motion, seconded by Rwanda and Burundi MPs, cites misconduct, poor governance, poor leadership skills, abuse of office, disrespect and intimidation of members and staff as grounds for removal of Ms Zziwa. The move to impeach the Speaker last month failed when she sent the Assembly on recess shortly after the censure motion was tabled. “The EAC Secretariat and the EALA Clerk have already been served with the injunction and therefore there is no way the motion will be on the order paper for debate,” said Mr Mbidde. Bobi Odiko, EALA pub- lic relations officer said: “At the moment, we expect to receive the EAC budget for the 2014/2015 financial year, debate three key bills — the Appropriation Bill, Supplementary Appropriation Bill and the Integration Education Bill — and various committee reports.” Efforts to reach the Speaker for comments were unsuccesful.
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