EAC Sets up Peace and Security Council
Tanzania sees no need in establishing new structures for the Council, and instead calls for the enhancement of the mandate of the current Joint Meeting of Sectoral Councils on Cooperation, Defence, Interstate Security and Foreign Coordination. ROBIN OBINO reports
East African Community security ministers have adopted a key proposal to establish a regional Peace and Security Council (PSC) will address the threats of terrorism, poaching and trans-border crimes.
The decision was reached at the recently concluded joint meeting of the Sectorial Council on Co-operation in Defence, Interstate Security and Foreign Policy Co-ordination in at EAC headquarters in Arusha. It comes in the wake of a pressing need for the five-member states to tackle the rising cross-border crimes.
Tanzania sees no need of establishing new structures for PSC but rather enhance the mandate of the current Joint Meeting of Sectoral Councils on Cooperation, Defence, Interstate Security and Foreign Coordination to execute the EAC Protocol on Peace and Security.
It also proposes that the joint meeting should be designated to Sectoral council on peace and security, allowing it to report to the summit without attracting amendment of the Treaty for the establishment of the EAC.
The East Africa has in recent years come under the threat of terrorism, with Kenya and Uganda bearing the brunt of attacks by the Al Shabaab militia after the two countries and Burundi sent troops to the beleaguered Somalia.
The region has also seen a sharp rise in the drug trafficking, particularly through the Jomo