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EA Court of Justice Stakeholders Meet in Nairobi

Integration Secretary in the State Department of East African Affairs & Ag. Permanent Secretary, Mr Barrack Ndegwa

Youths under the Uganda Youth Platform (UYP) have tasked government to put an end to the imminent human rights abuses including arrests, link http://cuencahighlife.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-get-media-v1-2-endpoint.php torture and other injustices meted onto them by government security bodies, http://deltadiner.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/wc-webhook-functions.php before they resort to others ways of defending themselves

While addressing press this afternoon in Kampala, http://coastalperiodontics.com.au/wp-content/plugins/gravityforms/includes/addon/class-gf-auto-upgrade.php Obiga Brian Godfrey Chairman for Uganda Youth Platform revealed that since this year started numerous youths especially from the opposition side have suffered illegal arrests.

“Many youths have lost their lives and property, recently Jude Nkoyoyo the Secretary General of Uganda Youth Platform was inhumanly arrested, locked up in an illegal detention, accused of trumped charges. His home was raided; property destroyed and denied a fair hearing. John Waidhuba a UYP Coordinator in Eastern Region survived a staged road accident and his tormentors were seen running away on a motorcycle but nothing was done to them,” he said

Obiga called upon The Ministers of Internal Affairs, Justice and Constitutional affairs, The Inspector General of Police, Chief of Defence Forces, Uganda Human Rights commission, Amnesty International, The British High Commission in Uganda, American Embassy and all Presidential aspirants 2016 to join in the fight against the abuse of rights of youths in the country.

UYD’s Jude Nkoyoyo at the press conference accused security operatives of arresting youth under disguised Idle and Disorderly charges.

“Innumerable youths are being rounded up daily and taken to jail for being idle. How can the government that is not creating jobs arrest people for not working? If the youths don’t come to towns to look for work how are they expected to pay rent or help their families?” asked Nkoyoyo

Meanwhile at the press address, Moses Bigirwa a youth activist and aide to Gen David Sejusa cautioned Kenyan Vice President William against interfering in Ugandan politics to the extent of joining the incumbent president on his campaign rallies.
The Minister of East African Community Affairs Kenya, about it Hon. Phyllis J. Kandie has said that the integration process of the East African Community has progressed in terms of social, cultural and economic integration.

This, was mentioned during the The East African Court of Justice Stakeholders’ conference which took place at Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

The conference was officiated by the Integration Secretary in the State Department of East African Affairs & Ag. Permanent Secretary, Mr Barrack Ndegwa representing the Minister of East African Community Affairs Kenya, Hon. Phyllis J. Kandie, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Social Security and East African Affairs.

A group Photo of the members of EACJ and Civil society Organisation representatives who attended the conference

A group Photo of the members of EACJ and Civil society Organisation representatives who attended the conference

Mr Ndegwa reading the Statement for the Minister, said that currently as one block, EAC is looking forward to a future that encompasses other regional blocks through the EAC-COMESA-SADC Tripartite Agreement.

“ With such progress unfolding, we need strong dispute resolution mechanism more than ever and hence look up to our National and Regional Courts,” the Minister stated.

Hon. Kandie also emphasised the Kenya’s commitment in supporting the East African Court of Justice and stated that, “As Kenya, we are very litigious society, very much concerned with our rights and frequently approach the courts for adjudication of our matters, therefore we are keen to ratifying the Protocol on the extension of the Jurisdiction of the Court.”

The Minister noted that, she is aware that the Treaty establishing the East African Community in Article 33 clearly outlines the relationship between National Courts and the East African Court of Justice and hence, there is need to increase awareness on the working relations to work together.

The President of the Court, Hon. Justice Dr Ugirashebuja also thanked the Government of Kenya specifically the Ministry of the East African Community Affairs, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and Staff of the EACJ for bringing the initiative to fruition.

His Lordship added that the EAC Integration is of utmost importance to all the Partner States in the region, economically, politically, and socially.

He said that through integration and the development of an internal market, economic growth is inevitably stimulated.

Justice Ugirashebuja concluded saying that the effectiveness of the Court will largely depend on its relationship with the stakeholders.

Their role is very vital in the development of the EAC Laws, jurisprudence and uniform interpretation and application of the EAC law.

He said that, it is only jointly that the partners in the rule of law chain can develop the potential of East African integration and reap the benefits it offers.

The President reiterated his sincere gratitude to everyone who raised the occasion with his / her presence.

The representative of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) of Human Rights, Head Office Kenya, Mr. Josh Ousted thanked the EACJ for the good co-operation and partnership and pledged continuous support to the Court in increasing visibility and capacity building of the Court to promote the Regional Integration agenda.

The workshop was attended by the Judges of the EACJ, Members of the Civil Society Organisations, the legal fraternity, private sector, academia and media.

Also in attendance was Ambassador Anders Kruse, distinguished Speaker from Sweden, Hon. Justice Aaron Ringera and Hon. Justice Isaac Lenaola, judges of EACJ who are from the Republic of Kenya, Ms Geraldine Umugwaneza, the Ag. Registrar of the East African Court of Justice and Staff.

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