Three Tanzania nationals moves to court to block Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda

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Three Tanzania nationals moves to court to block Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda

By Fridah Nkibugah

Three Tanzanian nationals have moved to the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) to block Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda from holding meetings that exclude Tanzania.

The three Ally Hatibu Msanga, David Geofrey Makatha and John Adam Bwenda all of Arusha Tanzania went to court seeking the Ex-parte orders against the Secretary General of the East African Community, the Republics of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda from holding meetings in exclusion of Tanzania and Burundi pending the hearing and determination of the main case.

They are also asking the Court to restrain the respondents from implenting resolutions arrived at in their meetings of June 24, 2013 in Entebbe Uganda, August 28, 2013 in Mombasa, Kenya and October 28, 2013 in Kigali, Rwanda, pending the hearing and determination of the application of inter parties.

However, the court found that the applicants had provided insufficient material for the Court to make a decision and therefore adjourned the matter to be heard in February 2014 after filing more documents and serving all the Respondents in the matter and ready for the inter-partes hearing.


EALA approves Monetary Union but calls for speedy implementation of the common market

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By Fridah Nkibugah

The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) have adopted a report on the East African Monetary Union (EAMU) but called for speedy implementation of the customs union.

The EAC Heads of State are expected to sign the monetary union protocol later this month. The protocol will eventually introduce a single currency to be used in all the five partner states.

While the Assembly maintained that the EAMU was a defining moment for the integration process, it reiterated the need for the region to move with haste to fully implement the Customs Union and the Common Market Protocols.

Mp Abdullah Mwinyi said the pillars of the integration were inter-related and needed to be chronological from the Customs Union, Common Market and the Monetary Union. It also requires a single customs territory.


COMESA deploys election observers to the Rwanda legislative elections

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By Agencies

COMESA has deployed an election observer team to observe the legislative elections scheduled to be held on 16 – 18 September.

This follows an invitation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Rwanda.

The mission has been in Rwanda from 9th September, 2013 and has since been deployed to all five provinces.

The COMESA Mission is headed by Ms Betty Bigombe, Minister of State for Water and Environment of the Republic of Uganda, who is also the Vice Chairperson of the COMESA Committee of Elders.

The mission is made up of officials from the Governments of COMESA Member States and the Secretariat.

While in Rwanda, the mission leader has held meetings with leaders of observer missions from the AU, East African Community (EAC), and Commonwealth.


Plans towards a Tripartite Free Trade area complete

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By Kizito Sikuka

Plans to establish an integrated market covering 26 countries in eastern and southern Africa are progressing well.

Commonly known as the Tripartite Free Trade Area, the integrated market comprises the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The proposed “Grand” FTA will stretch from Cape to Cairo – creating an integrated market with a combined population of almost 600 million people and a total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of about US$1 trillion.

This initiative by COMESA-EAC-SADC is within the framework of establishing an African Economic Community and the overall African Union Vision and Strategy presented in the 1980 Lagos Plan of Action and the Abuja Treaty of 1991.

Africa aims to establish a continent-wide free trade area by 2017, and regional trade arrangements such as the Tripartite FTA by COMESA-EAC-SADC are regarded as some of the building blocks of the envisaged African Economic Community.


Childhood diseases remain major threat in sub-Saharan Africa, despite progress

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By Fridah Nkibuga

Children in sub-Saharan Africa are now less likely to die from diarrhea and pneumonia, according to a new report published by the World Bank.

The report however says these illnesses are still the most common causes of childhood death and sickness in most African countries.

Loss of health due to diarrheal diseases dropped 34 per cent between 1990 and 2010, lower respiratory infections (LRIs) such as pneumonia dropped 22 per cent, and protein-energy malnutrition was down 17 per cent.

Several countries documented striking progress, with Malawi reducing diarrheal diseases by 65 per cent, Burundi decreasing LRIs by 44 per cent, and Benin reducing measles by 84 per cent during this time.

Malaria and HIV/AIDS were the leading causes of premature death and disability in 2010 for the region.

But in some countries, there has been significant progress in recent years. Between 2000 and 2010, Rwanda recorded a 56 per cent decrease in the rate of healthy years of life lost from malaria, while Botswana cut the rate of premature death and disability from HIV/AIDS by 66 per cent


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