ARUSHA, Tanzania, Mar 25 – East African Community member states will work together on security matters to ensure the region is safe, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday.
“My neighbour must be safe for me to be safe,” he said, pointing out that Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania have been hit by terror attacks at different times.
Speaking to the media after addressing the East African Legislative Assembly in Arusha, Tanzania, President Kenyatta said measures will be implemented to protect wildlife and ensure poaching is eradicated.
“Wildlife authorities in member states will work together to make this possible,” the President said.
On infrastructure, President Kenyatta said regional governments are improving roads and railways to ensure that goods, services and labour move faster and freely across border.
He said Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have started the use of Identity Cards instead of passports for travel among the three countries and hoped that Tanzania and Burundi would follow suit.
“With this in place, it will be possible to have one-stop clearance across the border, meaning that once you are cleared on one side, you won’t be cleared again on the other side,” he said.
President Kenyatta said integration is the surest way of meeting the development goals of East Africans: “EAC is complementary, not competitive. This way, it will be possible to create wealth for our people, jobs for our youth and invest in industrialisation and manufacturing,” he added.
He expressed his commitment to the EAC, saying he will work with fellow presidents, EALA, institutions and organs of EAC and staff to achieve its goals.