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The East African : June 2nd 2014
2 AGENDA The week ahead MONDAY IATA meeting IATA annual general meeting and World Air Transport Summit in Doha, Qatar TUESDAY East Afripack 2014 East Afripack 2014, an international exhibition on processing, packaging and converting technologies, opens at Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel, Nairobi. WEDNESDAY Film and music conference Broadcast, Film and Music Africa Conference at Kenyatta International Conference Centre Flower Expo International Flower Trade Expo at Oshwal Centre. Flower growers and suppliers will market their products and services. THURSDAY East African - German colloquium The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya and Kepsa will host the first East African German Business Colloquium at the InterContinental Hotel, Nairobi. FRIDAY Agricultural Show Rwanda will host its annual National Agriculture Show in Gasabo District. THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral Plans to ease movement along Northern Corridor Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan plan to sign an agreement that will ease movement of labour and services along the Northern Corridor. The countries’ immigration, tourism, trade, labour and services ministers, at a meeting in Kigali last week, agreed to draft policies on scrapping work permit fees, mutual recognition of regulatory authorities, and establishment of a regional qualification A truck awaiting clearance at the Malaba border. By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent 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 New wagons to transport steel across EAC Rift Valley Railways has said it will now use specialised wagons for transportation of steel in the region. The move will ease the burden of transporting bulk products by road in the region. RVR has partnered with Kampalabased Roofing Rolling Mills in the deal. RVR group CEO Darlan de David said each trainload will carry an average of 1,000 tonnes of steel, equivalent to 50 truckloads. Steel is transported from Kenya to Uganda on May 22. Serengeti, Mara to count elephants Kenya and Tanzania will count elephants and other endangered species in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and the Serengeti National Park in a joint census. The census will establish migratory trends between the two countries and find out how much impact the poaching menace has had over the past two years. The last elephant census, carried out in 2010, revealed that there were 3,072 elephants. Elephants cross the Mara river. Uganda decries importation of cheap sugar Uganda has decried the importation of tax free sugar into the country from the Southern African Development Community members. Kenya has been voicing similar protests since the beginning of the year. The region needs joint efforts to fight the imports that gain entry through porous borders. Jim Kabeho, the chair of the Uganda Sugar Millers Association, said Tanzania is not monitoring its borders. Illegal sugar is destroyed in Mombasa on April 30. THE EAST African Court of Justice has dismissed an application to restrain members of the East African Legislative Assembly from debating the censure motion against Speaker Margaret Zziwa. On Wednesday, the court ruled that EALA can continue handling its business in accordance with its Rules of Procedure. If the censure is success- ful, Ms Zziwa will be the first Speaker to be removed. The court had issued interim orders on May 9 ordering the MPs not to debate the motion. Ms Zziwa was counting on the court to save her from censure. In the case filed by the Uganda representative Fred Mbidde through the Mbidde Foundation, he argued that the procedure the MPs were using was illegal as per the EAC Treaty. “Although the grounds for removal of the Speaker of the Assembly are set down in the Treaty, the rules of procedure of EALA are silent on both the grounds and procedure for proof of existence thereof,” said Mr Mbidde in his application. The EACJ disagreed, saying that the proposed cen- sure was well presented under Rule 9 of the Assembly. “We therefore find the presentation of the petition to the House was in compliance with the rules duly promulgated under the EAC Treaty, and therefore in compliance with the said treaty,” the EACJ said in the ruling. “We are very happy about the court’s ruling. It is now clear that there is separation of powers on how business is conducted between the Judiciary and the Legislature,” said Kenyan representative Peter Mathuki, the mover of the motion. After the court ruling, the MPs requested the House Clerk to place the motion on the order paper for debate, but it was rejected by Ms Zziwa However, after pressure from the members, she agreed to have the motion debated on Tuesday. “We will appoint another member to act as Speaker from next Tuesday until the debate to censure her is over as per the House rules,” noted Mr Mathuki. The matter will be re- ferred to legal committee after it is brought to the house on Tuesday. The legal committee will investigate the allegations against Ms Zziwa then give recommendations for debate. EALA Speaker Margaret Zziwa faces impeachment. Pic: File Cou≥t allows debate on Zziwa censu≥e FACES IN THE NEWS The EastAfrican NEWS MAY 31 - JUNE 6, 2014 ABDEL FATTAH AL-SISI: Egypt’s former military chief is poised to win the country’s presidential election with more than 90 per cent of the votes cast. The election was marred by low voter turnout and just one competitor. MAYA ANGELOU: The US author, poet and civil rights activist died on Wednesday at the age of 86. She was one of the first black women to write a bestseller, her 1970 autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. KIZZA BESIGYE: In an interview on BBC Hard Talk, the former leader of the Forum for Democratic Change said he does not rule out standing again in 2016. He had earlier ruled himself out of contention for the next general election. JACOB ZUMA: The South African president has appointed the country’s first openly gay Cabinet minister, Lynne Brown, to his new Cabinet. Other African countries including Uganda and Nigeria oppose same-sex relationships. POPE FRANCIS: The head of the Catholic Church visited the Western Wall and national Holocaust memorial, the most important holy sites for Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem’s Old City on the final day of his Middle East tour.
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