M7 Returns From Burundi, Sudan EAC Plea Trashed

abortion geneva; font-size: small; mso-bidi-font-family: ‘Times New Roman’;”>A host of regional presidents sitting in Bujumbura has today Wednesday rejected Sudan’s requisition to join the bloc for abuse of human rights.

Sudan had applied to join EAC, a move aimed at ending the massive isolation of the Khartoum government amidst requests by ICC to arrest President Omar Al Bashir. The strongman is wanted for perpetrating genocide in Darfur.

Sudan’s frosty relations with President Yoweri Museveni and Kenya’s Mwai Kibaki obviously hampered the endorsement of Khartoum’s plea.

The regional isolation of Gen. Bashir for supporting terrorism and rebel groups against neighbouring countries, analysts say, will surely deliver him into the hands of ICC in Hague.

During the 13th EAC Summit in Bujumbura, Burundi, which was attended by President Yoweri Museveni, regional body’s chair Pierre Nkurunziza handed over the chair to Mwai Kibaki.

The ceremony took place at the Golf Hotel in Bujumbura. The member countries of the East African Community include Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and now South Sudan.

Receiving the instruments of the regional body’s chair, Kibaki hailed the East African leaders for the confidence and trust bestowed upon him to handle the mantle of stewardship for the coming year.

He strongly pledged his total commitment to discharge all obligations as chairperson of the Community, whose vision is prosperous – competitive secure and politically united East Africa.

The outgoing chairman who was also the host, President Nkurunziza, wished his successor the best as he steers the affairs of the Community.

Several reports were recommended by the Council of Ministers of the EAC member countries who have been meeting in Bujumbura for approval by the EAC Heads of State.

They included, among others, the proposed attainment of a single customs territory, fears, concerns and challenges of the EA Political Federation and the application of the Republic of South Sudan to join the regional body.

Museveni has already returned from Bujumbura and has been received at Entebbe airport by Police boss Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura and prisons boss Dr. Johnson Byabashaija.

President Museveni was seen off at Bujumbura International Airport by the 1st Vice President of Burundi Lekence Sinunguruza and senior Burundi government officials.


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