Uhuru to ad­dress EALA amid calls for bet­ter fund­ing

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics | Parliament -

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta is to­mor­row ex­pected to ad­dress the East African Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly as the MPs to the re­gional Par­lia­ment raise con­cerns of un­der­fund­ing.

The five EAC part­ner states owe the EALA Sh3.3 bil­lion, a sit­u­a­tion which speaker Daniel Kidega says has af­fected op­er­a­tions.

“The mat­ter is so crit­i­cal that the as­sem­bly and a num­ber of in­sti­tu­tions and or­gans can­celled or re­duced ac­tiv­i­ties,” Kidega said last week at Par­lia­ment Build­ings. The re­port on the sta­tus of con­tri­bu­tions says Bu­rundi has the high­est debt of Sh1.14 bil­lion, which has piled up since 2015-16.

Uganda owes the as­sem­bly the least, with Sh94.1 mil­lion ar­rears.

Kenya, Rwanda and Tan­za­nia have ar­rears of Sh612.3 mil­lion, Sh649 mil­lion and Sh796.8 mil­lion re­spec­tively.

“The re­mis­sion by part­ner states up to date paints a less than pos­i­tive pic­ture. In this re­gard , I ap­peal to part­ner states to make their full re­mit­tances by De­cem­ber as agreed by the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters,” Kidega added.

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