EA cannot afford to weaken integration – Kalonzo

November 15, 2013 2:06 pm
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Musyoka urged EA heads of state to cultivate political goodwill which will remove suspicions over the future of the East African integration/FILE
Musyoka urged EA heads of state to cultivate political goodwill which will remove suspicions over the future of the East African integration/FILE
NAIROBI Kenya, Nov 15 – Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka has challenged the East Africa Law Society to come up with a strong resolution to EA leaders on the integration of the East African community.

Kalonzo says the East African lawyers have a duty to advice on the benefits the member countries stand to gain with a strong united community.

“As lawyers we have a duty to say and recommend strongly on this issue of our countries integration. We should not shy off, we should stand to be counted,” he affirmed.

The former VP who was the first Inter-ministerial chair of the tripartite meeting as Foreign Minister alongside Uganda and Tanzanian counterparts has also urged the East African heads of state to cultivate political goodwill which will remove suspicions over the future of the East African integration.

He made the remarks on Friday in Mombasa when he addressed over 2,000 lawyers from across the East African Community member countries who are attending the 18th annual conference and seminar of the East Africa Law Society.

“We should not repeat the mistake of 1977; we should dwell on the benefits this integration will bring to our people,” he pointed out.

During the forum, he also disclosed that Coalition of Reforms and Democracy leader Raila Odinga had briefed him on the meeting he had with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

He applauded Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete for standing strong and assuring that his country will not walk out of the East Africa Community block.

On November 14, State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said Kenya’s bilateral relation with Tanzania is still cordial.

He dismissed calls for meditation between the East African countries saying there is no dispute.

“Let me state that Kenya’s bilateral relations with Tanzania are in good shape. There have been some voices calling for mediation but the very crystal clear point is that there is no dispute to mediate,” he said.

He noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Tanzania counterpart had a meeting in Johannesburg over relations between the two countries.

“President Kenyatta held a one-on-one meeting with his Tanzanian counterpart in Johannesburg last week, over our bilateral relations and the East African integration agenda,” he affirmed.

He added; “Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohamed subsequently met Tanzanian Foreign Minister Bernard Membe to follow up on the issues agreed by the Heads of State. We laud Tanzania for its unequivocal support and commitment to the East African Community (EAC), which we are equally committed to.”

Esipisu said Kenya’s goal has been and remains to facilitate free movement of people, goods and services across our region.

“That’s the essence of regional integration,” he said.

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