Hundreds of Ugandan scouts from primary, secondary schools and tertiary institutions, teachers and nursing training colleges and schools were on Sunday blocked from entering Burundi where they were scheduled to participate in a week-long regional scouting competition.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga also asked why government had chosen the path of EAC passports yet it is not a sovereign state and as to whether there had been any amendment to the protocol establishing the East African Community to provide for the passport.
Ali-Said Matan, the Executive Secretary, Lake Victoria Basin Commission, says among the rescue measures that have been put in place include the installation of 86 Aids to Navigation equipment in Lake Victoria in the three Partner States, enactment of Lake Victoria Transport Act 2007 and its Regulations namely Safety Regulation 2010 and Fees Regulation 2010.
Reuben Tumwebaze Byaruhanga, the Director Road Infrastructure Protection under Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA, admits that UNRA has also learnt that truck drivers heading to Rwanda, Burundi and DRC over load their trucks.
The call for health insurance comes amidst concerns that some of the states in East Africa have not rolled out health Insurance schemes for their citizens. Currently Kenya and Rwanda seem to have functioning health insurance schemes.
Dr. Richard Mshomba, an Economics Professor at La Salle University and author of a book about economics of integration in East Africa argues that Somalia should be allowed to grow trade with East Africa until a time when it is ready. Mshomba says the EAC currently doesnt have a plan to manage admission of new members.
Museveni said when the elites took over the 53 colonies that the imperialists had organised for ease of exploitation, they believed they had arrived and the idea of Pan-Africanism was thrown through the window.
There is concern that the agreements will only make it harder for Africa to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals SDGs. Analysts say the agreements seem designed to completely remove whatever leverage remains for Africa to transform its economies.