Rwanda Writes to the EAC Sec General To Postpone The Upcoming 21st Ordinary Summit
Rwanda has written to the east AfricanSecretary-General Liberat Mfumukeko requesting for the postponement of the 21st ordinary of the summit of the East African Community heads of states. This conference was scheduled to take place at the Arusha International Conference Center on the 30th November 2019.
In a letter written by the Rwandan minister of state in charge of the East African community Olivier Nduhungirehe. He said “I have the honour to both inform and request you to notify partner states that the above-mentioned summit has been postponed to a later date in January or February 2020 due to a request by a member of the summit,”
“A new date will be communicated later after consultations between the EAC Heads of State,” he added.
Can’t the meeting take place without Rwanda?
According to Rule 11 of the Rules of Procedure of the Summit of the EAC Heads of State, the quorum is made of all Partner States representation which is in consonance with decision making by consensus under Article 12 of the Treaty. This, therefore, means without representation of one of the heads of state for the member country there is no quorum hence it is against the rule of procedure for a meeting to be convened.
Reading in between the lines and the redtape
Although this is not the official stand of Rwanda, its is believed by many political analysts that Rwanda has decided to snub the meeting given the tense relations that exist between Rwanda and a number of other states, for example, Uganda and Burundi hence its probable that Rwanda officials didn’t want to have a confrontation with the leaders of these countries with which they are at loggerheads.
Rwanda continues to accuse the Kampala government of arbitrary arrest of its citizens living in Uganda and not taking them to courts of law for a fair trial. However, the Kampala authorities have strongly protested the Kigali accusations and have called out Kigali to provide a list of names of the Rwandese citizens that are acclaimed to be arrested without being presented to courts of law in Kampala for trail but Rwanda is yet to do so.
This situation forced the Rwanda government to refuse all Rwandan nationals from entering Uganda, especially via land through the various land border points such as Katuna, Cyanika and Kagitumba where the Rwandan nationals aren’t granted permission to leave Rwanda. However, Rwandans can still visit Uganda by air especially flying on the country’s national carrier Rwandair and Ugandans and tourists alike who wish to visit Kigali or Rwanda for a Rwanda safari experience are free to do so as all entry points to Rwanda are open to them.
Tensions between Kigali and Kampala have been further heightened in recent days after Rwandan security forces shot and killed two Ugandan business men within the Rwandan territories. The Rwanda government officials say that these people were shot because these men tried to smuggled goods into Rwanda without using the designated entry points and when the authorities wanted to apprehend them, they resisted arrest hence pushing the security personnel to a decision to open fire at them.
What’s at stake after the calling off of this meeting?
The leaders had also planned to review a report on the integration of a fragile South Sudan and consider progress on the verification exercise for the admission of Somalia and DR Congo into the bloc. All these stand to be discussed in another meeting whose dates are yet to be declared
Not all hope is lost
Even with the current uncertainty that lingers over the 21st ordinance summit of heads of states, the sideline meeting that had been scheduled to take place are seemingly in the green light to push to occur as had earlier been planned. Amb Nduhungirehe in his communique to the EAC Secretary General, proposes that the meetings of the senior officials, coordination committee and the 39th council of ministers, as well as the business and investment summit, take place as initially planned.
“As requested by the chair of the summit of EAC Heads of State, following your submission to him in a meeting you had on Saturday 16th November 2019 in Kigali, I wish to request you to schedule a one day dedicated session of the council of ministers and heads of EAC organs and institutions to take place on Friday 29th November 2019,” said Amb Nduhungirehe.
He proposed that the agenda of the meeting focusses on review and finalization of the new structure of EAC organs and institutions approved by the council of ministers in October 2019; review the budgeting and recruitment processes as well as consideration of the administrative and budgetary matters, including reduction of the recurrent budget and elaboration of an administration of the EAC secretariat Act.
Tourism continues to thrives albeit all the political bickering by the local leadership.
when it comes to smooth tourists movement, both Kigali and Kampala authorities have maintained an open border policy and this has freely allowed Africa safari-goers who would like to make either a Rwanda gorilla safari coupled with a Uganda gorilla safari or a Uganda wildlife safari experience to freely cross from one country to another flawlessly. This has allowed tourism to thrive even amidst all the diplomatic crisis that is unfolding among between these 2 states.
What to say on a visit to a safari tour to these 2 countries
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Rwanda the land of the gorillas
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Besides gorillas, Rwanda is also a top-notch cultural and historical destination given the unique culture of the Rwandese people. One of Rwanda’s biggest tourist export is its really saddening history that is premised on the Rwanda’s genocide of 1994 which really left deep scars on hearts of Rwandan people especially those that lived, witnessed and survived the genocide and those that were born after this dark period in the history of this country and also in more than one way altered the coarse of a nation in unimaginable ways.
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