Deal with graft and in­se­cu­rity, EA As­sem­bly tells mem­bers

The rea­son for the with­drawal of troops is be­yond my sphere of un­der­stand­ing and the mat­ter should be left to gen­er­als to deal with – Speaker Fred Kidega

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - GIDEON KETER @ArapGKeter

The East Africa Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly has con­demned the in­creas­ing cases of cor­rup­tion and in­se­cu­rity in part­ner states.

Mem­bers have also ex­pressed con­cern over civil war in South Su­dan and Bu­rundi.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence at Par­lia­ment Build­ings, Nairobi, EALA speaker Fred Kidega yes­ter­day urged mem­ber states to obey the treaty on good gov­er­nance, ac­count­abil­ity, trans­parency and to up­hold civil rights.

“We ap­peal to the elected gov­ern­ment of South Su­dan to lead the way in peace build­ing. We will use the frame­work in the treaty to try and me­di­ate for peace in the youngest African coun­try,” he said.

On the with­drawal of Kenyan troops from South Su­dan, Kidega was diplo­matic.

He said, “The rea­son for the with­drawal of troops is be­yond my sphere of un­der­stand­ing and the mat­ter should be left to gen­er­als to deal with.”

Kidega urged all heads of state to help solve the South Su­dan cri­sis. The EALA has de­vel­oped the Whistle­blow­ers Bill which seeks to make it easy to re­port cor­rup­tion.

Kidega raised con­cerns some mem­ber states are not com­mit­ted to in­te­gra­tion. He cited sit­u­a­tions where stu­dents are still re­ferred to as for­eign­ers when they seek ad­mis­sion at neigh­bour­ing uni­ver­si­ties.

On the Com­mon Mar­ket Pro­to­col, Kidega said some coun­tries are ap­pre­hen­sive about its im­ple­men­ta­tion.

The Com­mon Mar­ket Pro­to­col pro­vides for free move­ment of goods, ser­vices, labour cap­i­tal and rights to es­tab­lish­ment and set­tle­ment.

“We en­cour­age part­ner states to fight fears and sus­pi­cion to en­able the re­gion to at­tain free move­ment and the full op­er­a­tional­i­sa­tion of the pro­to­col,” Kidega said.

HEZRON NJOROGE

EALA speaker Fred Kidega with mem­bers Charles Ny­erere and Jean Marie Muhirwa at Par­lia­ment Build­ings yes­ter­day /

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