Tanzania Slams Neighbours For Isolation
The row among countries in the East African
Community deepened on Monday when Tanzania
renounced deals signed by three regional states
terming them as illegal.
In a statement issued by the ministry of East African
Cooperation, the Tanzanian government also said the
ongoing tri-lateral talks among Kenya, Rwanda and
Uganda are against the EAC protocol.
It argues that the deals by Presidents Uhuru
Kenyatta, Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame should
have been endorsed first by all the EAC member
countries. (READ: Fears over EAC’s future as
Tanzania is sidelined again)
Speaking at a media briefing on Monday, Tanzania’s
EAC ministry head of communication Vedastina
Justinian said the government’s comments were in
response to growing concern that the activities being
advanced by the three EAC member countries would
“This is notwithstanding the fact that the coalition of
the three countries in exclusion of Tanzania and
Burundi, is being run under their respective foreign
affairs dockets and not through the EAC secretariat,”
the official said.
Mr Justinian said the Kenyan, Rwandan and Ugandan
leaders were in contravention of Article 7(1) (e) of
the EAC protocol.
“Even though this Article allows member countries to
enter bi-lateral or Tri-lateral agreements, it is a must
that issues under consideration for implementation
under this arrangement are fully discussed and
agreed upon by all member countries,” read the
Heads of State from Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda met
in Kampala in early July this year and agreed to roll-
out several regional infrastructure projects in a move
that has elicited debate on the future of EAC and
specifically the role of Burundi and Tanzania.
During the Kampala meeting, the three presidents, in
what has been christened as the coalition of the
willing, also agreed to look into ways of fast-tracking
the establishment of a political federation.
Another matter discussed include easing movement
of people by use of national identity cards as well as
introducing a single tourist visa.
Meetings have also been held to roll out the projects
that include a 2,784kms railway line from Mombasa-
Kampala-Kigali and an oil pipeline from South Sudan-