KAMPALA, October 23 – A Kenyan student has scooped the 2007 East Africa Community Essay competition at a colourful ceremony in Kampala Uganda as the 7 EAC Extra-Ordinary Summit came to a close.
Edith Waringa Kamau of Riara Springs Girls High School Nairobi was awarded a cash prize of Sh120,000, while a Tanzanian female student who took the second position was awarded a cash prize of Sh80,000. The third prize of Sh60,000 was awarded to a Ugandan student.
Another Kenyan, Justice Benjamin Patrick Kubo was appointed and sworn in as a Judge of the first chamber of the East African court of Justice while Justice James Ogala of Uganda was appointed the appellate Judge of the same Court.
Similarly the Summit also designated Justice Harold Nsekela as Judge President of the Appellate Division of the East African Court of Justice while at the same time designating Justice Philip Tonui as the Vice President of the same Court.
The Summit further designated Justice John Bisigye as Principal Judge and Justice Stella Arocho Amoke as deputy Principal Judge of the lower division.
The Summit, also endorsed the recommendations presented by the East Africa Council of Ministers whereby the East African Community will now have two deputy secretaries general.
One of the deputies will be in charge of Planning and Infrastructure while the other will be in charge of Productive and social sectors.
The Chairman of the East African summit urged member states to speed up the process of integration and expressed his gratitude in the manner at which the Community’s projects are being handled citing the commencement of the Arusha-Namanga-Athi road construction.
Others present were the host President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Second Vice President of Burundi Gabriel Ntisezerana, Secretary General of The EAC Ambassador Juma Mwapachu among other senior officers of the Community.