Kikwete-Museveni to Meet Over East African Federation

November 17, 2013 3:31 pm0 comments by:

eacKampala-President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda and his Tanzanian counterpart Jakaya Kiwete, will meet at the end of this month to try and resolve the differences that have emerged in the process of fast tracking the East African Federation.
The meeting which is scheduled to take place on 30th of this month in the Ugandan capital Kampala stems from the rift that has emerged as Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda sideline Tanzania in the implementation process of the joint East African integration projects.
Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda have recently signed a memorandum of understanding on the implementation of the joint East African integration projects without representatives from Tanzania.
The memorandum of understanding which was signed at a recent summit in Kigali, details planned joint integration projects.
The joint projects include Standard Gauge Railway development, Oil pipeline and refinery development, Power generation and Transmission, East African Single Tourist visa, and National ID, Voters’ cards and student Identification Documents-IDs as travel documents.
The Summit was attended by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Salva Kir Mayardit of South Sudan.
President Jakaya Kikwete however did not attend the summit.
The absence of President of President Kikwete from the summit was interpreted by observers as a sign of a growing rift in the East African Community.
Uganda’s Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi last week told the Ugandan parliament that the two-presidents-Jakaya Kikwete and President Museveni agreed during a recent summit in South Africa to meet in Kampala and iron out the differences.
The general public in Uganda is skeptical that the East African federation can be achieved without the involvement of Tanzania.

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