All EAC Partner States have confirmed cases of coronavirus disease COVID-19 with Kenya reporting 216 cases with 9 deaths; Rwanda 134; Uganda 55; Tanzania 53 with 3 deaths; Burundi 5 and one death and South Sudan 4 cases. Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda have not reported any deaths as at April 15, 2020.
An Extraordinary Summit of the East
African Heads of State which had been purposely convened to discuss the ongoing
novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been postponed, on request by South
The Summit, which was to be held
via Video Conferencing, had been called by the Rwandan President and
Chairperson of the Summit, H.E. Paul Kagame, specifically to exchange on the
regional response against COVID-19, including its fiscal, economic and social
consequences on the Community.
The cancellation is communicated
in a letter by Rwanda's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International
Cooperation, Vincent Biruta to EAC Secretary General, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko.
Biruta reaffirms that the Extraordinary Summit had been postponed due to a
request by the Republic of South Sudan.
It is not yet clear why South
Sudan requested a postponement of the summit. However, Biruta, who is also the Chairperson
of the EAC Council of Ministers, said that a new date for the Extraordinary
Summit would be communicated in due course.
All EAC Partner States have confirmed
cases of coronavirus disease COVID-19 with Kenya reporting 216 cases with 9
deaths; Rwanda 134; Uganda 55; Tanzania 53 with 3 deaths; Burundi 5 and one
death and South Sudan 4 cases. Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda have not reported
any deaths as at April 15, 2020.
A Joint Ministerial Meeting of the Ministers
Responsible for Health and Ministers Responsible for EAC Affairs on the
COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness and Response held on March 25, 2020, resolved,
among other things, that all Partner States continue implementing mandatory
quarantine for all travellers to the region, and avoid imported cases by
implementing strict screening procedures at all border points.
The Ministers further resolved to
maintain suspension of EAC regional face-to-face meetings and urged EAC Organs
and Institutions to utilize Modern Technology such as video-conferences,
Webinars and Skype Calls for holding such meetings until such a time when the situation has been contained.
The meeting directed all Partner
States to implement 100 per cent exit and entry screenings by applying the multilayer
mechanism to avoid some loopholes, such as transit Passengers. The Ministers
also resolved to minimize cross border movement of people while facilitating
free movements of Goods and Services in the EAC region. This was to ensure that
trade continues unhindered throughout the region.
The EAC Summit, consisting of all
Heads of State is mandated to give general directions and impetus as to the
development and achievement of the objectives of the Community.