The countries continue to rely heavily on borrowing although some, like Uganda, intend to reduce how much they borrowed this year. In total, the countries plan to borrow more than USD 18 billion, to fund the turnaround of the economies battered by COVID-19, as well as ongoing and new infrastructure projects, among other areas.
Dr Peter Mutuku Mathuki takes over a secretariat that is facing challenges ranging from financial shortages as many countries were not up-to-date in their remittances.
“Even where countries had issues with either one another or with the secretariat, Richard Sezibera would personally reach out to them and encourage them to pay,” said EALA member, Fred Mukasa Mbidde, of the former SG.
Maj Gen Kyanda says that because most of the crimes are for monetary purposes and not a responsibility of a specific government, they become hard to fight, hence the need for trust and the sharing of intelligence between countries.
They are walking on foot, carrying mattresses and other belongings. Some sought refuge aboard boats on Lake Kivu, while others fled to Mount Goma, the highest point in the metropolitan area. Others fled to the city centre from villages and neighbourhoods threatened by lava on the northern outskirts.
The IGAD Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu says that the young people are particularly vulnerable to being mobilized into destructive occupations such as ethnic and politically motivated violence, criminal enterprises and radicalization into violent extremism.
The EAC belongs to all of us - the people of East Africa, and I have taken on the duty to work towards a prosperous, secure and politically united region, that is people -centered and private sector driven -Dr. Mathuki
The observation was made by professional bodies, economic analysts and government officials in the wake of trade standoffs and political quarrels, amongst EAC member states. Currently, in the region, Uganda is facing trade barriers with Kenya as several Ugandan products like sugar, poultry, milk and grain, are either blocked or restricted by quotas and tariffs.
Marino’s arrest came a day after his Ugandan wife was detained at Bugolobi Police Station together with Panda – Pier Village LC I Chairperson, Joseph Tomusange, who was caught with 2.5Kgs of worked Ivory pieces following a trap laid by officers from the Natural Resources Conservation Network (NRCN) working closely with detectives from the Uganda Police Force who presented themselves as buyers of the ivory.
“The project has also reduced annual weather-related deaths on the lake by 30% - thus saving more than 300 lives per year, while economic benefits of the project are estimated at US$ 44 million per year,” says the study.
Magufuli, 61, died on Wednesday at a hospital in Dar es Salaam. His death was announced by the then Vice President Samia Suhulu. Today, President Museveni visited the Tanzanian High Commission to pay tribute to Magufuli where he signed a condolence book.
Some of the MPs Uganda Radio Network spoke to, say that Magufuli was a patriot who put his country first and was a man of action who developed the economy of Tanzania, while others say he violated human rights and was turning into an authoritarian leader.
Magufuli 61 was announced dead by the country's Vice President Hassan Samia Suhulu in a televised address on Wednesday. Magufuli who passed away at a hospital in Dar es Salaam was missing in public for weeks.
during the Sunday evening national address Museveni noted that the issue of banned commodities should not take the stage, saying Ugandans and other citizens in the region need to focus on the large picture of integration.
Arguably, generally, the inter-state relations in the community have been at their lowest over the last two years, when President Paul Kagame of Rwanda was chairman, with Liberate Mfumukeko from Burundi, as Secretary General.
The East African Community’s 21st Heads of States Summit came at a time, when two of the members of the community, Uganda and Rwanda, could not trade with each other after the closure of the border.
At the just ended virtually-held 21st Heads of State Summit, the leaders agreed to let those that wish, to go on and engage the EU on how to move forward without the others, under the "Variable Geometry" principle.
Under this, some countries in a bloc are allowed integrate at different levels and pace, depending on the situation in the respective country.
It is anticipated that the Monetary Union, the third pillar in the EAC Integration, will be in place in 2024 with the introduction of a common currency and the establishment of a regional central bank.