NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 29 – Kenya’s Cabinet on Thursday passed a directive that the East African Community flag be hoisted at all government and public institutions, including schools, with immediate effect.
It is now also required for both the Kenyan and EAC anthems to be sang at public events in an effort, communication from the President’s office read to “boost EAC integration.”
The flag and anthem are both emblems of the community with the latter being the latest addition.
“The 12th Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State meeting in Arusha adopted the EAC Anthem, Wimbo wa Jumuiya Afrika Mashariki, on 3 December 2010. The adoption of the Anthem brought to an end a decade-long search for a song that East Africans would call their own,” it’s explained on the EAC website.
The EAC anthem like the Kenyan is three stanzas long and written in Kiswahili with a chorus (see below).
The flag on the other hand has a blue background and incorporates colours from the flags of the partner states – Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda – that is black, white, yellow, red, green with the community logo at the centre.
“The logo consists of a map of the five partner states with Lake Victoria in prominence in a circle bordered by an industrial wheel. On both sides of the industrial wheel are two arches of leaves ending with the letters EAC at the top and a handshake at the bottom,” is how it’s described on the EAC website.
1. Ee Mungu twaomba ulinde
Jumuiya Afrika Mashariki
Tuwezeshe kuishi kwa amani
Tutimize na malengo yetu.
2. Uzalendo pia mshikamano
Viwe msingi wa Umoja wetu
Natulinde Uhuru na Amani
Mila zetu na desturi zetu.
3. Viwandani na hata mashambani
Tufanye kazi sote kwa makini
Tujitoe kwa hali na mali
Tuijenge Jumuiya bora.
Jumuiya Yetu sote tuilinde
Umoja wetu ni nguzo yetu
Idumu Jumuiya yetu.