This was revealed by the state minister East African affairs Shem Bageine while addressing journalists in Kampala who further noted that the East African Community is looking forward to extending the cases covered to include cases against humanity and war crimes.
The state minister further noted that Uganda who was the chairman of the East African Community will be passing on the Chairmanship of the EAC to the Republic of Rwanda ending its tenure in rotational chairmanship.
Bageine added, ‘during Uganda’s tenure, pertinent resolutions were made especially in respect of implementation of various decisions and directives by the different organs of the EAC.’’
The state minister therefore asserted that all steps and processes have been undertaken to negotiate and study the application and the treaty provisions on the criteria of South Sudan joining the EAC and a decision is expected to be announced during the April 2014 Summit of Heads of State.
‘’The processes are ongoing for considering the application of the Federal Republic of Somalia into the community and submission of the final verification report to the council will be in August 2014,’’he added.
Bageine put it clear that the EAC has no intentions of isolating any partner state in the process of making decisions on issues which have already been discussed at Community level.
This follows allegations that the East African Community is the plans of isolating Tanzania from the community due to its increased dodging of the community meetings.