East African Federation Not For Museveni’s Time


diagnosis geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>In an exclusive interview with order geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Chimpreports, Bwanika said that while it is important for the East African nations to federate in the interests of creating a viable market, ensuring that these countries can bargain on an international floor is hazy thus the need for a political federation should be handled at a slow pace.

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“People have not internalised and understood the Common Market, the Customs Union and now the single Monetary Currency which therefore suggests that a political federation is a long way to come,” Bwanika explained.

Bwanika further noted that the group; Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania), Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Pierre Nkurunziza (Burundi) should understand that “that is where we are going but not in Museveni’s time”.

“President Museveni must understand that he laid a foundation but a political federation will come long when he has gone and there is no cause for rushing and we therefore appreciate the neighbours for coming to the realisation that more time is needed to build a viable and coercive system”.

He added: “Uganda as a nation needs to build competitiveness so as to benefit from the wider market that is to be created; Uganda must prepare before rushing for a political federation,” he cautioned.

This follows the recent EAC summit that was held in Uganda in Munyonyo where the president of Uganda failed to convince his counterparts for the immediate need of a political federation.

At the formation of the ‘coalition of the willing’, Mzee [Museveni] made several concessions to Kenya and Rwanda hoping that they would support him on his push for the political federation, but it was heart-breaking when they told him that they were not ready.

Rwanda said they were still recovering from the 1994 genocide and at the same time preparing for the post-Kagame transition, while Kenya is pre-occupied with the ICC case against its president and vice president William Ruto, so they said they were not ready.


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