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Sensitize EAC residents integration benefits, Kibaki says

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 25 – President Mwai Kibaki has emphasised the need for residents of the East African Community to be sensitised on the benefits of the integration process.

President Kibaki said information on the EAC treaties and protocols should be published and availed to the people of East Africa so that they fully can participate in the integration process.

“Let us strive to close the information gaps on the East African Community so that the people who will benefit from the integration process are well informed about the regional bloc,” President Kibaki said.

President Kibaki was speaking today at his Harambee House office during a meeting with the speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Abdirahim Abdi and the East African Community Secretary General Amb Juma Mwapachu.

During the meeting, Mr Abdi briefed President Kibaki about the EALA meeting that begins today in Nairobi which will run till next week.

The East African Legislative Assembly Speaker said top on the agenda of the EALA meeting will be debate on two bills, the first one is on one electoral commission for East Africa while the second bill is on recruitment of the staff of the East Africa Community secretariat.

The tenure of the current Secretary General Amb Juma Mwapachu from Tanzania expires in April this year and a new Secretary General has to be appointed.

Mr Abdi said the EALA meeting will also discuss climate change and food security in the region and also hold a session with the Kenya National Assembly to discuss the specific responsibilities of regional national assemblies and those of EALA.

On his part, the EAC Secretary General Amb Mwapachu delivered to President Kibaki and the people of Kenya a message of goodwill from President Jakaya Kitwete of Tanzania.

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Amb Mwapachu also briefed President Kibaki about a Commonwealth Climate Change meeting that will be held in Dar-es-Salaam in April on the sideline of the EAC Heads of State summit.

Present during the meeting were East African Community Minister Prof Hellen Sambili, Assistant Minister Peter Munya and EAC Permanent Secretary David nalo.

President Kibaki is scheduled to address the East African Legislative Assembly this afternoon at Parliament buildings.

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