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The East African : May 26th 2014
2 AGENDA The week ahead: MONDAY EALA back The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) resumes business in Arusha. Equity Bank will hold an investors’ and media briefing at Equity Centre, Upper Hill, Nairobi at 7: 30am to unveil its Mobile Virtual Network Operator strategy, report on rollout plan. TUESDAY Meet on trade EAC Committee on trade and industry will meet in Arusha to evaluate progress in enhancing free trade. WEDNESDAY Audit conference The African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions — Working Group on environmental auditing conference will be held at the Sarova Whitesands Hotel, Mombasa National War Victims’ conference takes place at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala to address the plight of Ugandans affected by post-independence conflicts. FRIDAY Madaraka Day Kenya commemorates Madaraka Day, 51 years since the country attained internal self-rule in 1963. THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Tazara workers in second week of strike over pay Workers at Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) entered the second week of strike bringing to a standstill the development of the railway line anticipated to boost trade across the region. Through the Tanzania Railway Workers Union (Trawu), the workers said the Tsh 1.6 billion ($943,507) from the Tanzanian Government gave to Tazara to settle outstanding salaries would only cover February and March dues. Workers on the Tazara Railway down tools WEBSITE www.theeastafrican.co.ke EDITORIAL Nairobi Email: firstname.lastname@example.org P.O. Box 49010 GPO Nairobi 00100 Tel: +254 3 288 406-10 Dar es Salaam Email: email@example.com Tel: +254 2 119 657-9 Fax: +254 232 781 ADVERTISING, CIRCULATION, SUBSCRIPTIONS ARUSHA Nassib Majamba Summit Centre, 3rd Floor, Sokoine Road P.O. 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Experts said Co-operatives in the tea, coffee and milk sectors have been left out as the private sector enjoys the benefits of integration. “The Bill is before the EALA, and we expect to convene public hearings in July or August in each partner state,” said Mainza Mugoya the Eastern Africa Farmers’ Federation Policy Officer. Tea sector to tap into co-operative societies Rules of origin hamper access to regional markets Rigid rules of origin make it hard for businesses to exploit preferential market access across the region, experts have said. Adrian Njau, a trade economist with East African Business Council, said the private sector should be involved in the design and development of these policies to enable them enjoy special treatment as single bloc members. He was speaking during a training on the policy for traders. Rigid rules are constraints to regional business Tanzania, Burundi one-stop border posts to be ready soon The Kabanga/Kobero one-stop border post between Tanzania and Burundi could be open by June enabling citizens from the two EAC states to cut on time and cost spent on the two stops used currently. The new system will aid the automation of the clearing process of up to 100 trucks daily. The EAC seek to build OSBPs across the region to aid flow of trade blamed on manual clearance and at the weigh bridges. One-stop border posts to ease flow of cargo Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali (R) and EU special representative to the Horn of Africa, Alexander Rondos in 2012. Pic: File Somali govt finally emb≥aces fede≥alism By FRED OLUOCH Special Correspondent embraced federalism as the way to save Somalia from Al Shabaab. Mogadishu on Friday un- T der the leadership of Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohammed Ali signed an agreement with a delegation from Baidoa led by Madobe Nunow Mohamed, who is the recognised leader of the Baidoa region. The agreement gives Baidoa the authority to manage its own affairs, like the one Mogadishu signed with Jubaland. Mohammed Affey, the InterGovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) special envoy to Somalia, said that the regional body wants the interim constitution that demands a federal Somalia to be established as soon as possible. There are six regions de- manding autonomy. They are Lower Shabelle, Middle Shabelle, Gedo, Bari, Bakool and Lower Jubba. But Ali has managed to negotiate for at least three viable regions instead of six based on clans. Due to over two decades of violence, the negotiated Somalia interim federal constitution recognised that the regions can have their own he Somali Federal Government has finally autonomy to bring about peace and once the country is stable, then the regions can negotiate for unity. Ali, under the guidance of the European Union, signed an agreement between the Federal Government and the delegation from Baidoa led by Madobe Nunow Mohamed. Baidoa is under the control of Ethiopia even though Ethiopia is yet to join the African Union Mission for Somalia. Kenya has been advocat- ing for the strengthening of federal regions that govern themselves and ensure their own security because Mogadishu is not strong enough to oversee security in the entire country. “The formation of region- al administrations should be in line with the Provisional Constitution, Six Pillar Policy and the Addis Ababa Agreement signed on August 27, 2013, which recognises the formation of the Interim Jubba Administration, which consists of Gedo, Lower Jubba and Middle Jubba,” said Mr Affey. However, Mr Affey ob- served that the challenge of empowering the regions is that every former warlord wants to be in the arrangement and yet this is not possible. The fear is that those who feel left out can open another war front. FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS MAY 24-30,2014 JOYCE BANDA: Malawi President has called for an immediate audit of the election results citing “serious irregularities” including vote-rigging and computer-hacking, in the just ended general elections, BBC reports. HOSNI MUBARRAK: The former Egyptian President will serve three years in prison after a Cairo court found him guilty of embezzling public funds together with his sons. The three were fined $3million and ordered to repay the $17.6 million. DOMINIQUE STRAUSSKAHN: Former IMF boss will sue the producers of Welcome to New York, a film about an economist charged with raping a hotel maid. His lawyer,Jean Veil, said the film follows the story of his arrest. ANNE WAIGURU: Kenya’s Devolution Cabinet Secretary faces censure over accusation of violating the Constitution. Women MPs have called this an attack against women leaders, citing previous plans to impeach Charity Ngilu. NARENDRA MODI: The newly appointed Indian Prime Minister will be sworn in on May 27. Mr Modi, 63, won based on his record in bringing higher-than-average economic growth rates to Gujarat, the state he has run since 2001.
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