…President Uhuru Kenyatta expected to deliver State of EAC Address on March 25th 2014

East African Legislative Assembly, Arusha, Tanzania, March 19, 2014: The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) resumes business next week in Arusha, Tanzania. The Plenary which takes place from Monday, March 24th, 2014 to Friday, April 4th, 2014 is the Fifth Meeting of the Second Session of the Third Assembly.
The President of the Republic of Kenya and the Chairperson of the Summit of EAC Heads of State, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, is expected to deliver the State of EAC Address on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014.  This is the first such Address (State of EAC Address) for President Kenyatta to the Assembly.

The State of EAC Address is delivered by the sitting Chairperson of the Summit of the EAC Heads of State.  The Address often deliberates on matters of importance to the Community.   The focus of the Address reflects on matters of general policies relating to the progress that the Community is realizing, while outlining the strategic challenges which require greater attention.


The first State of EAC Address was delivered by H.E. President Yoweri Museveni in Arusha in 2008.  Since then, the Address has been institutionalized by EALA and all Partner States’ Heads of State have delivered the key discourse.  In most instances, the occasion calls upon the Chairperson of the Summit of EAC Heads of State to traverse the region and deliver the Address in a neighbouring Partner State where the EALA is sitting.

The Assembly which shall be presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon (Dr) Margaret Nantongo Zziwa expects to debate on the following Bills and deliberations:
•    EAC Integration (Civic Education) Bill, 2014 •    receive and consider reports from various Committees of the Assembly •    consider Motions and Questions brought before the House.
EALA is also expected to receive and meet different stakeholders as part of its representative activities. The Plenary shall be preceded by a Joint Meeting of Committees on Legal, Rules & Privileges and Regional Affairs and Conflict Resolution on the proposed model of the EAC Political Federation Structure and Action Plan.   The Meeting brings together legislators, the Council of Ministers and the Department of Political Federation at the East African Community Secretariat.
The East African Legislative Assembly is the Legislative Organ of the East African Community. Its Membership consists of a total of 52, of whom 45 are elected Members (9 from each Partner State) and seven ex-officio members (the Ministers responsible for EAC Affairs from the Partner States, the Secretary General of the Community and the Counsel to the Community).
The East African Legislative Assembly has legislative functions as well as oversight of all East African Community matters.  The enactment of legislation of the Community is effected by means of Bills passed by the Assembly and assented to by the Heads of State, and every Bill that has been duly passed and assented to become an Act of the Community and takes precedent over similar legislations in the Partner States.
EALA has recently launched its second Strategic Plan (2013-2018). The formulation of the Strategic Plan was an all-inclusive process involving the EALA Commission, Members, staff and other stakeholders.
The Strategic Plan has six main strategic issues: 1.    EALA’s main Administrative Autonomy, Capacity and Efficiency. 2.    Negotiations for the EAC Pillars of integration. 3.    EALA’s corporate image, institutional status, growth and development. 4.    Capacity building in regional Parliamentary Practices. 5.    Effective, sustainable and Results-oriented communication and sensitization on EAC                  integration. 6.    Robust and effective Monitoring and Evaluation.
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East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, Tanzania, 19 March 2014: The East African Youth Ambassadors Platform (EACYAP) Kenya Chapter, is set to hold a debate on the EAC regional integration agenda at the United States International University- Africa, (USIU) 25 March 2014.


The USIU students, from across the African region, will engage with speakers on the benefits and opportunities that regional integration has opened up for students in particular and youth in general; as well as the key role of this critical age group in the integration process. Similar debates are ongoing in Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.


The debates are supported by the EAC Secretariat, Ministries responsible for EAC Affairs in the Partner States and German International Cooperation (GIZ).


At USIU, various speakers are expected to address the students, key among them representatives of East African legislative Assembly (EALA), East Africa Business Council (EABC), MEAC, and the EAC Secretariat.


The aim of the EACYAP holding sensitization forums is to create awareness on the EAC among university students and lecturers. Previous sensitization fora have been held in Moi University, Eldoret; Kenyatta University Law campus; and Egerton University, attracting about 300 participants, including lecturers, from each of the universities.


More of such forums will be held in other universities with Technical University set to host the next one on 4 April 2014.


Currently, EACYAP is collaborating with the MEAC and the EAC Secretariat to hold EAC Awareness weeks spreading through March to April in 7 Universities in Kenya: University of Nairobi, Egerton, Maseno, KCA, Nazarene, Moi and Catholic Universities.


The forum are led and coordinated by University students identified in a competitive process dubbed the EAC University Students Debate.  The two best performing candidates from each Partner State are designated as EAC Youth Ambassadors to spearhead awareness programmes among the youth in their respective Universities and Partner States.  The current Ambassador to Kenya is Ms. Effie A.  Omondi, deputised by Mr Charles Mwangi.






East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, Tanzania, 19 March 2014: A five-day Stakeholders’ workshop on the harmonization and coordination of public financial management standards in line with the EAC Monetary Union Protocol is underway in Nairobi, Kenya.

On 4 November 2013, a two-year EAC-World Bank Public Financial Management Coordination and Harmonization Project in the Partner States was launched at the EAC Headquarters by the Deputy Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC) in charge of Planning and Infrastructure Dr. Enos Bukuku.

At the launch, Dr. Enos Bukuku disclosed that the World Bank had committed United States Dollars One million to support public financial management coordination and harmonisation in the Partner States.  He said transparent public financial management was a critical facet for a robust fiscal regime which was vital for the implementation of the Monetary Union, the third Pillar of EAC integration process.

The Nairobi event is the first Stakeholders workshop, in a series of workshops, to be held for EAC Partner States officials on harmonization and coordination of public financial management standards in line with the EAC Monetary Union Protocol.


Benefits of Public Financial Management Coordination and Harmonisation Project in EAC

In November 2013, the EAC Partner States signed the East African Monetary Union Protocol in Kampala, Uganda. For the East African Community to boast of an effective and fully functional Monetary Union, an operational, robust fiscal regime should be in place.

The EAC-World Bank Public Financial Management Coordination and Harmonisation Project intends to support the development of such a robust regional fiscal environment and will among others, contribute towards the attainment of the following benefits;

ü  the development of an EAC Regional Procurement Legislation to Support Regional Programs;

ü  the harmonisation towards International Public-Sector Accounting and Auditing Standards for the Management and Oversight of Regional Initiatives;

ü  the harmonisation of EAC Public Budgeting and Reporting Frameworks for credibility, comprehensiveness, transparency and Policy-Based Public Financial Management;

ü  the promotion of EAC Regional Mutual Recognition Agreements amongst the EAC Partner States Accountancy bodies to facilitate mobility of Finance professionals through the harmonization of the accountancy profession’s syllabus;

ü  the coordination of the EAC Regional Oversight role of the Partner States Parliamentary Public Accounts Committees in collaboration with the East African Association of Public Accounts Committees to develop good practice guidelines and standards that will harmonize how the Committees oversee the utilization of public funds to achieve value for money;

ü  the coordination and strengthening of financial reporting amongst the media and promoting the use of civil society as key players in the monitoring of service delivery,  working closely with the Governments of the Partner States.

The Project Coordinator/Senior Accountant at the EAC Secretariat Mr. Godfrey Magadu is affirmative that implementation of the project will be done by EAC Secretariat bringing together key stakeholders in the Partner States to agree on harmonized standards then later on provision of technical support to implement the agreed standard.


 East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, 19 March 2013: A five-day Expert Group Meeting is underway at Roca Golf Hotel in Bujumbura, Burundi to fine-tune final draft frameworks to guide the development and promotion of extractive industries and mineral value addition in the region.

The meeting aims to examine and identify the mineral resource potential and opportunities for mineral value addition within the EAC region; identify the existing legal, regulatory, and institutional policy frameworks in the extractive and mineral processing industries in the EAC and examine areas in which alignment of frameworks within the Community is most attainable or would be most effective.

The other objectives of the meeting are to explore and discuss the opportunities, challenges, constraints and linkages associated with development of strategic mineral resources for value addition investment promotion at the Partner State level and at the regional level.

The Expert Group Meeting is also to make appropriate recommendations on measures and instruments for effective development of extractive industries and mineral value addition in EAC region.

The Commonwealth Secretariat is providing technical assistance to the EAC Secretariat towards formulation of a programme of measures to enable the EAC region maximize economic value of its abundant mineral resource potential by facilitating and regulating the development of extractive industries “EI” and mineral value addition “MVA” in a sustainable manner.



East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, 19 March 2013: The region should consider food safety critical matter because food and nutritional security are the foundations of a decent life, a sound education and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, an EAC official has said.

The EAC Senior Livestock Officer Mr. Timothy Wesonga made the point when addressing food experts at the four-day East African Community Regional Workshop on Harmonization of Food Safety Measures in Africa which is taking place in Kigali, Rwanda.

Representing the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge Productive and Social Sectors Hon Jesca Eriyo, Mr Wesonga noted that food safety is vital is for protecting human health and trade and further informed the food experts that the initiative on food safety is aimed at ensuring safe and nutritious quality food that will contribute to reducing food insecurity in the region and enable EAC products access international markets in tandem with the EAC Food Security Action Plan and the EAC Agriculture and Rural Development Policy and Strategy.

The EAC official noted that as the EAC is currently implementing its Food Security Action Plan (2011-15), one of the priority areas is to improve the sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures along the food value chains.

“We believe therefore that the regional food safety measures being developed will play a leading role in ensuring improved safety food in the region.”

The Partner States in Articles 108 and 118 of the EAC Treaty have committed to co-operate in the health, social and cultural fields and, in particular, in the fields of human and animal medicines, as well as food and feed safety

The workshop is a follow-up on the first workshop of food experts in Nairobi, Kenya held January this year. The focus of the second workshop is to improve the food safety document and ensure that all areas covered are in line with the EAC Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary (SPS) Protocol.

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East African Community to launch Open Health Initiative on opening day of Conference


East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, 19 March 2013: The Rwandan capital, Kigali, will host the 4th EAC Health and Scientific Conference and International Trade Fair & Health Exhibition that is scheduled to take place from Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 March 2013 at the Kigali Serena Hotel.

The main theme of the three-day Conference is: Regional Health Priorities and Opportunities: “Evidence for Action in the Changing Global Financial Situation. Prof. Khama Rogo, Lead Health Specialist, World Bank and Prof. Charles Mugone, Executive Director, European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) will deliver the keynote address at the event that will bring together at least 200 health researchers, scientists and policy-makers from all over the world.

The Conference has four sub-themes namely: Maternal and Child Health (Achieving the MDGs for Maternal and Child Health); Non-Communicable Diseases and Trauma; Health Systems Strengthening and Quality of Health Care.

Five symposiums are also planned, covering subjects that include population, HIV & AIDS, sexual and gender based violence, disaster preparedness and tobacco control.

“The EAC is cognizant of the need for joint collaboration in strengthening regional cooperation on health and specifically in the area of health research,” says EAC Secretary General Amb Dr. Richard Sezibera, who adds that the meeting will provide a platform to promote evidence-based health policy formulation.

The 4th Annual East African Health and Scientific Conference will be preceded by the 8th Joint Meeting of Health Professional Boards and Councils from 25 to 26 March 2013 and the 9th Ordinary Meeting of the EAC Sectoral Council on Health from 25 to 26 March 2013.

During the Conference the East African Community Open Health Initiative to Improve Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health will be officially launched. The Open Health Initiative, which the EAC Summit of Heads of State gave their stamp of approval last November, aims to support the EAC Partner States reach their goals for women’s and children’s health by focusing on three thematic areas: ‘Accountability for Results and Resources’, ‘Results-based Financing’, and ‘Innovation’.

The 4th EAC Health and Scientific Conference and International Trade Fair & Health Exhibition sponsors include: Rwanda Ministry of Health; USAID East Africa (Makerere University Regional Centre for Quality of Care); Population Council; EAC Secretariat; LVBC Secretariat; ECSA-HCS Secretariat; HEALTHY FUTURES Project and QWeCI Project; Sida; WHO and SACIDS—————————————————————————————————–



East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, 14 March 2013: An East African Community Regional Workshop on Harmonization of Food Safety Measures in Africa will take place 19-22 March 2013 at Hotel Des Mille Collines in Kigali, Rwanda.

The workshop aims at harmonization of the food hygiene management through “Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) in Africa.

The main objective of the workshop is to facilitate the finalization of the technical details of the EAC food safety measures. An agreement is also expected to be reached during the workshop on how to implement the African Reference and Guidelines for Harmonization of the Management of the Food Hygiene in the EAC Partner States.

In addition the workshop is expected to cross-fertilize ideas with the African Union Commission and other regional economic communities (ECOWAS, COMESA) in order to domesticate and apply the Reference and Guidelines for Harmonization of the Management of the Food Hygiene in Africa.

The workshop is organized by the EAC in partnership with the European Union.

Notes to Editors

The East African Community is currently implementing its Food Security Action Plan (2011-2015) and preparing to implement the Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary Protocol (SPS) that was approved by the EAC Council of Ministers and the Summit last year.

The SPS measures as prepared by EAC are in four volumes including: SPS Volume I: Phytosanitary measures and procedures for Plants; (ii) SPS Volume II: Zoosanitary measures and procedures for Mammals, Birds & Bees; (iii) SPS Volume III: Measures and procedures for Fish and Fisheries; and (iv) SPS Draft Harmonized Food Safety Measures.

The EU under the Joint EU Africa Strategy (JAES)

Regional Integration and Infrastructure under Strategic Priority 3:

Priority 3 of the Action Plan 2011-2013 concerns the improvement of the competitiveness and the diversification of African agriculture and industry, notably by strengthening African capacities in the area of rules, standards and quality control.

One of the key activities under the priority aims at enhancing the capacity of administrations, producers and exporters at all levels to meet the regulatory requirements of export markets within Africa and the EU and strengthen harmonization of SPS frameworks within Africa



East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, 14 March 2013: The Secretary General of the East African Community Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera is expected to officiate at the closing session of Regional Private Sector Consultative meeting on movement of Service Suppliers taking place from 20 to 22 March 2012, at the New Africa Hotel, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The main objective of the consultative meeting is to help the private sector understand the issues concerning movement of services suppliers under the Common Market Protocol and determine whether the regime is sufficient.

The meeting further aims to sensitize and inform service operators about services integration in the EAC and the possibilities of making the integration process meaningful to their businesses through improvements to their ability to move key personnel around EAC markets.

The private sector will also use the meeting to present a position paper to the EAC Secretariat. The private sector position paper will outline key issues and recommendations to EAC policy makers on the issue of movement of services suppliers.

About 100 participants from private sector firms and associations active in the area of trade in services, select researchers and practitioners on trade in services and representatives from development partners are expected to attend the meeting which has been organized by the East African  Business Council (EABC) through the East African Professional Services Platform (EAPSP).



East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, 14 March 2013: Experts from the East African Community meet next week in Bujumbura, Burundi to discuss plans to empower border communities through the modernization of locally shared markets.

The 18 to 20 March 2013 meeting organized in collaboration with the African Trade Policy Centre (APTC), will take place at Hotel Safari Gate and is a follow-up on the 1st Meeting of Experts in Kigali, Rwanda held June 2011 where a proposal for a project entitled “Empowering Border Communities through Modernization of Shared Markets” was considered.

The Kigali meeting recommended, among others, construction of shared markets, storage facilities, improving water and sanitation and building feeder and access roads for border communities. Border communities all over east Africa would also benefit from electrification, health care centers, garbage collection posts and police posts once the project gets off the ground.

Next week’s meeting in Bujumbura is expected to consider and finalize the detailed draft project report; recommend locations/sites in the five Partner States where the proposed project facilities will be set up; and agree on a roadmap for mobilizing resources for implementation of the project by June 2014.

The 18-20 March experts’ meeting will then recommend to the Sectoral Council on Gender, Youth, Children, Social Protection and Community Development to adopt the project.

Notes to the Editors

·         In order to facilitate realisation of the Treaty, the EAC has put in place institutional and policy frameworks which include, among others, the establishment of the Common Market, the 4th EAC Development Strategy (2011/201-2015/2016), the proposed EAC Social Development Framework, the gender and community development framework and its five year operational plan which include gender, youth, children persons with disabilities, social protection and community development.

·         The 1st Meeting of Experts noted that border communities within the EAC Partner States are faced with many challenges and therefore agreed that the aforementioned challenges be shared within all Partner States and may be addressed through outlined strategies. The meeting made recommendations regarding the development of border markets:-

a)     Construction/improving shared markets within border communities

b)    Building storage facilities, water and sanitation

c)     Building hostels, health care centers, saloons, day care centers for

children, restaurants

d)    Police posts

e)     Information centers

f)     Abattoirs

g)    Rural electrification

h)     Feeder and access roads

i)      Garbage collection posts

j)      Ambulances

k)     Parking for cars, bicycles, etc.

·         The 2nd Meeting of Experts on Empowering Border Communities through Modernisation of Locally Shared Markets is expected to:

a)     Consider and finalise the detailed Draft Project Report on Empowering Border Communities through Modernisation of Locally Shared Markets;

b)    Recommend to the Sectoral Council on Gender, Youth, Children, Social Protection and Community Development selected locations/sites in the 5 Partner States where the proposed Project on Empowering Border Communities through Modernisation of Locally Shared Markets will be implemented; and

c)     Recommend to the Sectoral Council on Gender, Youth, Children, Social Protection and Community Development to adopt the Project on Empowering Border Communities through Modernisation of Locally Shared Markets

d)    Consider and agree on a roadmap for mobilising resources for implementation of the proposed project by June 2014



Waziri wa Usalama wa ndani Profesa George Saitoti

Waziri wa Usalama wa ndani Profesa George Saitoti na Naibu wake Orwa Ojode wamefariki dunia katika ajali ya helikopta ya polisi iliyotokea leo asubuhi katika eneo la Kibiku, karibu na mji wa Ngong takriban kilometa ishirini kutoka mji mkuu wa Nairobi.

Abiria wote sita, wakiwemo marubani wawili na walinzi wa mawaziri hao waliokuwa kwenye helikopta hiyo wamefariki dunia na miili yao kuteketezwa kwa kiasi cha kutoweza kutambulika.

Kilichosababisha ajali hiyo bado hakijabainika.

Bwana Saitoti na maafisa wengine wa juu katika wizara ya usalama wa ndani walikuwa wakielekea katika eneo la Sotik kwa mkutano wa usalama. Saitoti alikuwa miongoni mwa wanasiasa mashuhuri nchini Kenya waliokuwa wakipania kugombea kiti cha urais katika uchaguzi mkuu ujao.

Walioshuhudia ajali hiyo wamesema waliona helikota hiyo ikizunguka angani kabla ya kuanguka katika msitu wa Ngong.

Polisi wamezingira eneo la ajali hiyo na kamishna wa polisi Mathew Iteere aliyepo katika eneo la ajali anatarajiwa kutoa taarifa kamili kuhusiana na ajali hiyo.

Ajali hiyo ya helikopta imetokea katika siku ambapo Kenya inaadhimisha miaka minne tangu kutokea ajali ya ndege iliyowauwa mawaziri wengine wa serikali, Kipkalya Kones na Lorna Laboso




EALA to hold Plenary in Bujumbura next week
….H.E. President Nkurunziza expected to address Special Sitting of the Assembly on Thursday, November 17, 2011

East African Legislative Assembly, Arusha, November 9, 2011: The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) resumes business next week by holding its plenary in Bujumbura, Burundi. The plenary which takes place from Tuesday, November 15th 2011, through Tuesday, November 29, 2011 is the Second meeting of the Fifth session of the Second Assembly.

The Chairperson of the Summit of the EAC Heads of State, His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, is expected to address a Special Sitting on Thursday, November 17, 2011.

The Assembly to be presided by the Speaker, Rt. Hon Abdirahin H. Abdi, shall during the two-week period discuss matters of legislative business. The Sitting expects among others to debate on the following Bills:

  • The IUCEA Amendment Bill (2nd & 3rd Reading)
  • The  EAC Trans-boundary Ecosystem Management Bill, 2010 – 2nd Reading and 3rd Reading
  • The EAC Polythene Materials Control Bill (2nd & 3rd Reading)

EALA shall also receive a number of reports for consideration, Motions and Questions.

The Plenary shall also be interspersed with activities marking the 10th Anniversary celebrations of EALA.  They include the sixth Inter-Parliamentary Relations Seminar, known as the Nanyuki Series and the Inter-Parliamentary Soccer tournament.

The theme of the Nanyuki series which takes place on November 28-29, 2011 is the ‘Role of the Legislature in achieving a Political Federation’. The Nanyuki series which is the sixth since inception shall be attended by Speakers from the regional and continental Parliaments including those from the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Parliaments.  Members of the National Assemblies of the Partner States, top EAC government officials and Members of the diplomatic corp shall also be in attendance.

On its part, the Inter-parliamentary soccer tournament pits the soccer teams from the National Assemblies and the EAC/EALA team in a week-long tournament which commences on November 22, 2011. Tanzania are defending champions having beaten Uganda in the finals held in 2009 in Arusha, Tanzania.

The East African Legislative Assembly is the legislative organ of the East African Community. Its Membership consists of a total of 52, of whom 45 are elected Members (9 from each Partner State) and seven ex-officio members (the Ministers responsible for EAC Affairs from the Partner States, the Secretary General of the Community and the Counsel to the Community).

The East African Legislative Assembly has legislative functions as well as oversight of all East African Community matters.  The enactment of legislation of the Community is effected by means of Bills passed by the Assembly and assented to by the Heads of State, and every Bill that has been duly passed and assented to become an Act of the Community and takes precedent over similar legislations in the Partner States.

EALA in June 2010 launched its Strategic Plan and Website at its 5th Meeting of the third Session held in Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya respectively.  The Strategic Plan is expected to go a long way to firmly entrench the EALA as the epitome of the Community’s democracy and unity.  The EALA website provides the Assembly with the means to communicate actively with the citizens of East Africa and beyond and enhances public understanding of the legislature’s role and responsibilities.





East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, 9 November 2011: EAC Partner States’ representatives as well as key actors from the private sector and civil society Tuesday concluded work on a framework for structured and effective dialogue between the East African Community and private sector and civil society organizations, following a final experts’ meeting held at the East Africa Hotel in Arusha.

With the support of GIZ and Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA), the Dialogue Framework has been developed to ensure that the integration process proceeds with the involvement of the citizens of East Africa and is undertaken in the context of multi-stakeholder partnerships and in line with Article 127 of the EAC Treaty which envisages an organized and institutionalized mechanism to engage non-state actors in the Community’s integration processes.

After a series of meetings convened by the EAC Secretariat to develop a framework for dialogue, the agreed structure envisages a forum convened annually by the Secretary General as provided by the Treaty and to be organized collaboratively based on an agenda agreed upon by the private sector, civil society and the EAC Secretariat.

Stakeholders further agreed to a dynamic structure that is capable of adapting to future developments while remaining comprehensive, yet simple to implement, allowing for both formal and informal engagements with proactive stakeholders and, to be embedded with effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

The Annual Forum requires that private sector organizations and civil society organizations collaborate at the regional level through regional apex bodies. The experts noted that the desirable state is to have one apex body for private sector and another for civil society, which would transmit regional positions to the EAC Secretariat and the relevant EAC decision-making bodies.

Once the Dialogue Framework has been adopted by the Council of Ministers, the next step shall be the development of an effective implementation strategy.

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EAC Secretariat

Arusha, Tanzania



Our Ref: ADM/30

Date: 2 November 2010

H.E Dr.  Ali Mohamed Shein

President of Zanzibar

State House, ZANZIBAR

Your Excellency

On behalf of the East African Community Secretariat, and on my own behalf, I extend to your Excellency warm congratulations on your election as President of Zanzibar. Your victory demonstrates the confidence which the people of Zanzibar have in your able leadership. It is a reaffirmation of the correct path which Zanzibar has chosen to a new bright future of peace, stability and progress under the system of the Government of National Unity.

Zanzibar, through its union with Tanganyika to create the United Republic of Tanzania in 1964 became a pioneer and inspiration of East African and indeed African continental unity. With the just concluded peaceful elections and movement towards the new dispensation, Zanzibar is again showing the way and sending a powerful message that with foresighted leadership, we can overcome any obstacles, and forge ahead in unity and development for the benefit of our people.

The East African Community is delighted by these positive developments and wishes Zanzibar great success and sustainability of the new spirit of unity, peace and progress. We appreciate your support for the cause of East African integration and development and look forward to your wise contribution in deepening EAC integration.

Accept, Your Excellency, the assurance of my highest regard.

EAC HOLDS PRE-BUDGET CONFERENCE FOR FY 2011/2012East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, Tanzania; 3 November 2010: The East African Community convened a 3-day Pre-Budget Conference from 3 – 4 November at the Snowcrest Hotel, in Arusha Tanzania. The Pre-Budget Conference, which has become part of the EAC Annual Planning and Budgeting cycle, is being attended by officials from the Partner States, EAC Organs and Institutions, Members of EALA General purpose Committee, Civil Society organisations and the Private Sector.
 The Conference is expected to come up with key strategic issues to be addressed by the Community during the Financial Year 2011/2012, as well as sector specific objectives, outputs and activities to be achieved, delivered and implemented respectively during the year. An EAC SWOT Analysis addressing the key issues is also expected to be discussed.The sector priorities will form the basis of the EAC budget framework for FY 2011/2012.The Annual EAC- Budget conference is in response to the Council of Ministers directive of involving as many stakeholders as possible in the process of formulating the EAC Annual Budget. It is also in response to the East Africa Legislative Assembly’s (EALA) recommendation during its Plenary held in Bujumbura, Burundi in May 2009, urging the Council to annually organize a Pre-Budget conference involving all key stakeholders



East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania; 29 October 2010: A one-day meeting to consider the prototype EAC Trade Statics Database was held 29 October at the EAC Headquarters and was attended by key stakeholders that included EAC Secretariat and USAID/COMPETE officials.

Taking into consideration the imperative role of trade statistics in the operations of the Common Market and building on to a Monetary Union, the EAC Trade Statistics Working Group, recommended the USAID/COMPETE to provide support to the EAC in the development of a web-based EAC Trade Statistics Database.

In this context, the EAC secretariat in collaboration with COMPETE have developed a framework that is aimed at improving the quality of trade statistics in the region. The framework is built on consolidating the achievements so far made in the ongoing compilation practices of trade statistics in the region.

The key activities highlighted in the framework hinge on harmonisation and dissemination of trade statistics that include among others: development and maintenance of a robust web-based EAC Trade Statistics Database; harmonization of key compilation practices in trade statistics in order to enhance data comparison among EAC Partner States which will support the operations of the Customs Union and Common Market; enhance capacities of relevant agencies in the Partner States and EAC Secretariat; reconciliation of trade data among the EAC Partner States; and creation of a platform for comprehensive exchange of experiences and sharing the regional capacities among EAC Partner States.

The web-based database is expected to respond to policy makers’ and trade statistics users’ needs such as generation of time series reports for intra and extra EAC trade for all products or specific products by value and volume; EAC Partner States trade performance at trade partner level, market access requirements, import tariffs as well as transport and transit requirements and EAC preferential arrangements with other trading blocks.

The one-day meeting provided critical inputs and comments for further improvements on the prototype and it is the first of a series of consultative meetings between EAC and COMPETE geared towards the development of an EAC regional web-based trade statistics database that will facilitate exchange of information on trade in the public and private sectors and will foster trade in the EAC single customs territory, serving as a one stop center for trade information.

The output of the meeting will now be subjected to a regional workshop involving Partner States experts to consider the prototype EAC Trade Statics Database.



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H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza to Address the Assembly on 14 September 2010

EAST AFRICAN LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, ARUSHA, TUESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2010: The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) is scheduled to hold its 1st Meeting of the 4th Session in the Chambers of the Burundi National Assembly in Bujumbura, Burundi from 13 to 24 September 2010. The President of the Republic of Burundi, H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza is expected to address the Assembly on Tuesday 14 September 2010 at 2:30 P.M on a wide range of issues pertaining to the EAC integration.

The Assembly to be presided over by the Speaker, Hon Abdirahin Haithar Abdi, will among others receive and swear in the newly appointed Kenyan Minister for East African Community Affairs, Hon. Prof. Hellen Sambili as a Member of the East African Legislative Assembly.

The meeting will also debate the EAC Elections Bill (2nd and 3rd Reading), EAC Service Commission Bill (2nd and 3rd Reading) and reconsider amendments to the CASSOA Bill. The session will also include receiving reports from the various Committees notably the report of the Accounts Committee on the Audited Accounts of EAC for the financial year ending 30 June 2009.There will also be a question and answer session by the Members of EALA to the Chairperson of the Council of Ministers.


The East African Legislative Assembly is the legislative organ of the East African Community. Its Membership consists of a total of 52, of whom 45 are elected Members (9 from each Partner State) and seven ex-officio members (the Ministers responsible for EAC Affairs from the Partner States, the Secretary General of the Community and the Counsel to the Community).

The East African Legislative Assembly has legislative functions as well as oversight of all East African Community matters. The enactment of legislation of the Community is effected by means of Bills passed by the Assembly and assented to by the Heads of State, and every Bill that has been duly passed and assented to becomes an Act of the Community and takes precedent over similar legislations in the Partner States.

The EALA in June 2010 launched its Strategic Plan and Website at its 5th Meeting of the 3rd Session held in Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya respectively. The Strategic Plan is expected to go a long way to firmly entrench the EALA as the epitome of the Community’s democracy and unity. The EALA website ( provides the Assembly with the means to communicate actively with the citizens of East Africa and beyond and enhances public understanding of the legislature’s role and responsibilities.



East African Community



Finnish Government commits 2 million euros to Partnership Fund

East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, 2 September 2010: The Government of Finland has been formally admitted to the Lake Victoria Basin Partnership Fund. Antti Putkonen, the Second Secretary at the Embassy of Finland in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania yesterday presented the Instrument of Accession to the Lake Victoria Basin Partnership Agreement to Hon. Beatrice Kiraso, EAC Deputy Secretary General (Political Federation), who represented the Secretary General, Amb. Juma Mwapachu.

A letter from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland that accompanied the Instrument of Accession read in part: “We are delighted that Finland’s application to accede to the Partnership Agreement was considered and accepted during the 14th Meeting of the Partnership Consultative Committee”. The meeting was held 4 May 2010 in Kampala, Uganda.

The letter further stated that Finland looked forward to enhanced cooperation with the EAC and the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) and added the Finnish Government remained “committed to promoting ecologically, socially and economically sustainable development of the Lake Victoria Basin.”

By acceding to the Agreement, Finland joins the Governments of France, Norway and Sweden, the World Bank and the East African Development Bank in pledging its support for the sustainable development of the Lake Victoria Basin. The Finnish Government has committed to disburse 2 million euros to the Fund.

Article 8(c) of the Partnership Agreement stipulates that if a request for accession by any party is approved by the EAC in consultation with the existing development partners, the Agreement enters into force for such a party thirty days after the same party deposits its instrument of accession.

The ceremony that took place at the EAC Secretariat headquarters in Arusha was also attended by the EAC’s Principal Resource Mobilization Officer Dr James Njagu.

Additional Information

The Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) Secretariat, recognizing the role played by other stakeholders in the developments in the Lake Victoria Basin, has entered into partnerships and signed Agreements with governments and institutions so as to build up synergies in the implementation of its interventions areas in the EAC Development Strategy by the stakeholders. Notable among these are:

The Partnership Agreement on Sustainable Development of Lake Victoria Basin signed by EAC with the Governments of France, Norway and Sweden, the World Bank and the East African Development Bank in April 2001. The Government of Finland joined the same Partnership in 2010.

The Partnership Fund has played a big role in financing Projects in the Lake Victoria Basin, including Capacity Building of the Lake Victoria Basin Commission. The Partnership has also supported several short-term capacity-building projects hence providing the backbone for the growth of the LVBC.

These include: Harmonization of Regional Policies, Laws, Regulations and Standards. Others are: a Study on Technical Solutions for Maritime Communications for Lake Victoria; Investment Promotion in the Lake Victoria Basin; Implementation of some aspects of the Toxic Chemicals/Oil Products Spill Contingency Plans for Lake Victoria; support to the LVB Resource Centre activities; support to the Safety of Navigation Project including hydrographic surveys of the ports of Mwanza, Kisumu and Port Bell and, Support to National Focal Points for LVBC in the Partner States among others


Katika muda wa chini ya wiki moja Wakenya watapiga kura ya maoni tarehe 4 Agosti 2010,watapiga kura kukubali au kukataa katiba inayopendekezwa. Kura hii ya maoni ni kilele cha miongo miwili ya harakati za kutafuta katiba mpya.
Yafuatayo ni maswali na majibu kuhusu baadhi ya maswala muhimu katika mchakato huo:

1. Ni lini na kwa nini wakenya wakaanza kutafuta katiba mpya?

Katiba Kenya

Mchakato wa kutafuta katiba mpya ulianzishwa mwaka 1990 na wanasiasa maarufu,viongozi wa kidini na wanachama wa mashirika ya kiraia. Waliteta kuwa katiba iliyopo ilimpa uwezo mkubwa rais wa zamani Daniel arap Moi na kuipa serikali kuu mamlaka yote ya kusimamia raslimali zote. Walitaka mamlaka hayo kupunguzwa na majimbo kupewa mamlaka zaidi ya kusimamia rasilimali zao.

2. Katiba inayopendekezwa ina tofauti gani?

Tofauti kubwa ni mfumo wa utawala:

a)Uteuzi wa mawaziri

Tofauti na mfumo ulioko sasa, katika katiba inayopendekezwa, mawaziri hawatateuliwa kutoka bunge, badala yake watakuwa wataalamu kutoka sekta mbali mbali

b)Mamlaka kwa serikali za majimbo:
* Kutakuwa na mabunge mawili, bunge la kitaifa litakalokuwa na wawakilishi kutoka kwenye majimbo au maeneo bunge na bunge lingine la maseneta.
* Katiba inayopendekezwa itakuwa na majimbo 47 yatakayowakilishwa na maseneta.
* Bunge la senate litakuwa likiwakilisha majimbo, na kujadili ugawanaji wa raslimali katika majimbo

* Magavana watakuwa wakuu wa majimbo

c) Kuwajibisha wabunge:
Kipengele hiki kinatoa fursa kwa wakenya kuwarudisha nyumbani wabunge ambao hawatekelezi wajibu wao.

d) Uraia wa nchi mbili

Tofauti na katiba iliyoko sasa, katiba mpya inayopendekezwa inaruhusu raia wa Kenya kuchukua uraia wa nchi nyingine bila kupoteza uraia wa Kenya.

3. Ni vipengele vipi vilivyoleta utata?
Ili kutatua suala la kutolewa kwa ardhi na utawala uliokuwepo kwa njia isiyo sawa, katika katiba inayopendekezwa ardhi zilizopatikana kwa njia isiyo halali hazitalindwa kisheria na hivyi zinaweza kuchukuliwa na serikali.
Kama ilivyo sasa,katiba inayopendekezwa pia itakuwa na mahakama za waislamu maarufu kama mahakama za kadhi.Mahakama hizo zimekuwepo tangu wakati wa kupata uhuru lakini baadhi makanisa ya kikristo yalitaka mahakama hizi ziondolewe wakidai kuwa kuziweka katika katiba ni kupendelea dini moja. Mahakama hizo zinatatua kesi za kijamii na ndoa kati ya waislamu.
c)Haki ya msingi:Uavyaji mimba

Moja ya maswala ambayo yameleta utata kati ya viongozi wa dini na wanasiasa ni kipengele ambacho baadhi ya viongozi wa dini wanadai kinaandaa mazingira kwa watu kuavya mimba,lakini je kipengele hicho kinaruhusu uavyaji mimba?

· Haki za msingi sehemu ya 2 kifungu 26(4) inasema:
‘Uavyaji mimba hauruhusiwi, ila tu iwapo mtaalamu wa afya atabaini kuwa maisha ya mama mja mzito yako hatarini,au kulingana na mwongozo utakaotolewa na sheria zengine.’

Wanasema kuwa hali hii inatoa mwanya kwa watu kuavya mimba.
Kuna vifungu vinavyowapa fursa zaidi za uwakilishi wanawake:

Wajumbe 47 kati ya 350 katika bunge la taifa watakuwa wanawake watakaoteuliwa kutoka kila jimbo
Wajumbe 16 kati ya 67 wa bunge la seneti watakuwa wanawake watakaoteuliwa na vyama vya siasa

4. Nani anaongoza kundi gani?

Katiba Kenya

Rais Mwai Kibaki
Katika siku za hivi karibuni ameongeza kasi yake ya kufanya kampeini za kuunga mkono mapendekezo ya katiba,ikiwa itapitishwa itakuwa sifa kubwa kwa utawala wake. Aliahidi kuwa katiba mpya ingepatikana katika muda wa siku 100 alipochukua madaraka mwaka 2003.
Waziri mkuu Raila Odinga
-Amekuwa katika harakati za kutaka mabadiliko kwa muda mrefu, amekuwa akiongoza kampeini za kundi la NDIO hadi alipokuwa mgonjwa wiki 3 zilizopita.

Rais mstaafu Daniel Moi
Anasema katiba hiyo ni mbaya,hasa vipengee kuhusu ardhi ambavyo anasema vitaleta mgawanyiko na vurugu nchini Kenya. Moi ni miongoni mwa wakenya wenye kumiliki sehemu kubwa ya ardhi.

Baadhi ya viongozi wa kikristo
Wanateta kuwa katiba hiyo inaruhusu uavyaji mimba

Waziri wa elimu ya juu William Ruto
Ni mbunge muasi wa chama cha waziri mkuu Raila Odinga. Anasema katiba inayopendekezwa itawagawanya wakenya kwa misingi ya kikabila na kidini


Chama tawala CNDD-FDD nchini Burundi chashinda viti vingi vya Seneti

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Saturday, 31 July 2010
Sample ImageTume Huru ya Uchaguzi nchini Burundi CENI imetangaza kuwa, Chama tawala cha CNDD-FDD kimeshinda viti vingi vya seneti, huku viti viwili pekee vikiendea chama cha UPRONA ambacho wafuasi wake wengi ni kutoka kabila la Tutsi. Chama cha CNDD-FDD kinachoongozwa na Rais Pierre Nkurunziza kimejipatia viti 32 kati ya 34 vya seneti. Vyama pinzani nchini humo vilisusia uchaguzi wa rais na bunge tangu mwezi Mei, kwa madai kuwa uchaguzi wa madiwani haukuwa huru wala wa haki

Mauaji ya Rugambage washukiwa wakamatwa

Jean Leonard RugambageJean Leonard Rugambage

Watu wawili wamekamatwa na polisi nchini Rwanda kwa shutma za mauaji ya mwandishi wa habari wiki iliyopita. Polisi wanasema lilikuwa shambulizi la kulipiza kisasi.

Watu walioshuhudia wanasema Jean Leonard Rugambage, ambaye alikuwa mhariri wa gazeti za Umuvugizi ,alipigwa risasi na watu wawili na kisha wakaingia ndani ya gari na kukimbia.

Serikali ya Rwanda imesema madai kuwa ilihusika katika mauaji hayo hayana msingi.

Taarifa ya polisi inasema mmoja wa washukiwa ni kutoka familia ya mtu ambaye aliuawa na Bw Rugambage wakati wa mauaji ya kimbari ya mwaka 1994.

Rugambage, aliondolewa mashtaka ya kuhusika katika mauji hayo na mahakama ya Gacaca mwaka 2006.

Mashirika ya kutetea haki za bianadam yamemshtumu Rais Paul Kagame kwa kukandamiza uhuru wa vyombo vya habari na upinzani ,kabla ya uchaguzi mkuu uliopangwa kufanyika mwezi Agosti.

Hivi karibuni serikali ilisimamisha gazeti la Umuvugizi na likalazimika kuchapisha habari kwenye tovuti pekee. Aliyekuwa mhariri Jean Bosco Gasasira, ambaye alikimbilia Uganda mwezi Aprili amesema serikali ilihusika katika mauaji ya Rugambage ambaye alikufa akiwa hospitalini baada ya kupigwa risasi.

“Nina uhakika idara ya usalama wa kitaifa ndiyo ilimpiga risasi,” amelimbia shirika la habari la Marekani VOA.

Bw Gasasira, amesema mauaji hayo yalifanywa baada ya taarifa iliyochapishwa katika gazeti la Umuvugizi kuhusu jaribio la mauaji dhidi ya aliyekuwa mkuu wa jeshi Generali Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa nchini Afrika Kusini.

Lakini waziri wa mambo ya nje wa Rwanda Louise Mushikiwabo amekanusha madai hayo.

”Kwa hakika sio ya kweli na hayana msingi,”ameliambia shirika la habari la AFP.

Serikali pia imekanusha shutma za kuhusika katika shambulizi shidi ya Generali Nyamwasa.

Alihamia Afrika Kusini mapema mwaka huu baada ya kutofautiana na Rais Kagame———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————

Watu wawili wauawa nchini Burundi huku uchaguzi wa Rais ukikaribua

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Saturday, 26 June 2010
Sample ImageWatu wawili wameuawa na wengine watatu kujeruhiwa katika ghasia nchini Burundi siku mbili tu kabla ya kufanyika uchaguzi wa rais.
Mkuu wa Polisi Burundi Pierre Chanel Ntarabaganyi amesema mlipuko umetokea katika mji wa magharibi wa Kanyosha ambapo mtu mmoja ameuawa na wengine wawili kujeruhiwa. Wakaazi wa eneo hilo wanasema aliyeuawa ni afisa wa chama cha FNL ambacho kimejiondoa katika uchaguzi kikidai kufanyika wizi wa kura. Mtu mwingine amepigwa risasi na kuuawa katika mji mkuu Bujumbura mtaani Musaga. Maeneo ya Buyenzi na Kamaesa ya mji mkuu pia yamekumbuwa na milipuko lakini hakuna aliyejeruhiwa. Hali inaripotiwa kuwa ya wasiwasi kote nchini Burundi kabla ya kufanyika uchaguzi wa rais ambao umesusiwa na wapizani wote na hivyo kumuacha Rais Pierre Nkurunziza kuwa mgombea pekee. Kiongozi mkuu wa upinzani Agathon Rwasa amejiondoa katika uchaguzi na inadaiwa kuwa amekimbilia nchi jirani ya Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Congo.


Mwandishi wa habari auwawa Rwanda

Jean Leonard Rugambage aliuawa nje ya nyumba yake mjini Kigali.

Mwandishi mmoja wa habari wa gazeti binafsi amepigwa risasi na kuuwawa nje ya nyumba yake huko Kigali mji mkuu wa Rwanda.

Walioshuhudia wamesema mwandishi huyo, Jean Leonard Rugambage, ambaye alikuwa kaimu mhariri wa gazeti la Umuvugizi alipigwa risasi na watu wawili ambao baadaye walitoweka kwa gari.

Hivi karibuni serikali ya Rwanda iliagiza kusimamishwa kwa uchapishaji wa gazeti hilo, na likaanza kuandika habari kwenye mtandao.


Polisi wamesema hawajui nani aliyefanya mauaji hayo, lakini mhariri mkuu wa gazeti hilo ambaye yuko uhamishoni, Jean Bosco Gasasira, ameilaumu serikali.

Gasasira ambaye alitorokea Uganda mwezi Aprili baada ya gazeti lake kusimamishwa, na anadai serikali ya Rwanda ilipanga mauaji ya mwandishi Rugambage.

Amedai kwamba ana uhakika mwandishi huyo alipigwa risasi na kuuawa na maafisa kutoka idara ya usalama wa taifa.

Gasasira amesema mauaji hayo yametokana na taarifa zilizochapishwa kwenye tovuti ya gazeti la Umuvugizi kuhusiana na jaribio la mauaji ya ya mkuu wa zamani wa jeshi la Rwanda, Luteni Jenerali Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa nchini Afrika Kusini, mwishoni mwa wiki iliyopita.

Serikali ya Rwanda imeshakanusha kuhusika na kupigwa risasi kwa Luteni Jenerali Nyamwasa. Mkuu huyo wa zamani wa jeshi alikimbilia nchini Afrika Kusini mapema mwaka huu baada ya kutofautiana na Rais Paul Kagame, akimlaumu Rais huyo kwa ufisadi.


Bw Kagame amekanusha madai hayo, na serikali yake imemlaumu Lt Gen Nyamwasa kwa kuhusika na mashambulizi ya grineti yaliyotokea nchini Rwanda mapema mwaka huu.

Mwezi Aprili, Rais Kagame alifanya mabadiliko ya uongozi jeshini, na maafisa wawili wa ngazi za juu wakasimamishwa, na kuwekwa katika kifungo cha nyumbani.

Mapema mwezi huu baraza linalodhibiti vyombo vya habari nchini Rwanda lilisimamisha kwa muda wa miezi sita gazeti la Umuvugizi kwa madai ya kuchochea upinzani dhidi ya serikali.

Wavuti wa gazeti hilo uliozinduliwa mwezi Mei kwa wakati huu hauwezi kupatikana kupitia watoaji wa huduma za internet nchini Rwanda, na serikali imekanusha kwamba imehusika katika kubana wavuti huo.

Bw Rugambage ambaye amemwacha mke na mtoto mmoja aliondolewa mashtaka ya kuhusika na mauaji ya kimbari na mahakama ya kijadi ijulikanayo kama Gacaca mwaka 2006.


Mwandishi wa BBC mjini Kigali, Geoffrey Mutagoma, amesema mauaji hayo yamewashtua waandishi wengi nchini Rwanda.

Uchaguzi wa Rais nchini Rwanda unatazamiwa kufanyika mwezi Agosti, huo ukiwa uchaguzi wa pili kufanyika tangu mauaji ya kikabila ya mwaka 1994.

Makundi ya kutetea haki za binadamu yamekuwa yakiilaumu serikali ya Rwanda kwa kujaribu kunyamazisha vyombo vya habari vya kibinafsi, lakini serikali inakanusha.

Serikali ya Rais Kagame imekuwa ikitoa malalamiko kwamba lazima idhibiti vyombo vya habari pamoja na wanasiasa ili kuepusha kutokea tena kwa mauaji ya kimbari kama ya mwaka 94, ambapo watu 800,000 waliuawa.

Mapema wiki hii Katibu Mkuu wa umoja wa mataifa Ban Ki-Moon alimteuwa Rais Kagame kuwa mmoja wa wenyekiti wa kamati maalum ya watu mashuhuri katika kupambana na umasikini, ambayo ina jukumu la kuchochea kufanikisha malengo ya Milenia ya Umoja wa Mataifa.

Rais Kagame pia amekuwa akisifiwa kwa kujaribu kuimarisha uchumi wa Rwanda kwa kutumia mbinu za kisasa tangu alipochukua uongozi mwishoni mwa mauaji hayo—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————

Nchi za Afrika Mashariki kusimamia uchaguzi wa rais nchini Burundi

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Friday, 25 June 2010
Sample ImageJumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki EAC itatuma timu ya wasimamizi wa uchaguzi wa rais nchini Burundi unaotarajiwa kufanyika nchini humo siku chache zijazo. Taarifa ya jumuiya hiyo iliyotolewa mjini Dar es Salaam Tanzania imeeleza kuwa, kundi hilo la watu 24 litasimamia zoezi la uchaguzi huo uliopangwa kufanyika tarehe 28 mwezi huu. Hadi hivi sasa kuna hitilafu kati ya serikali na waasi wa zamani wa Burundi juu ya kugawana madaraka ya kisiasa na kijeshi, na suala hilo limepelekea kutotelekezwa kikamilifu makubaliano ya kusitisha mapigano ya mwezi Septemba mwaka 2006. Wiki chache zilizopita ulifanyika uchaguzi wa madiwani, lakini mrengo wa upinzani ulilalamikia zoezi zima la uchaguzi huo uliokipatia ushindi chama tawala cha CNDD FDD. Wapinzani nchini Burundi, kwa kauli moja wametangaza kususia uchaguzi wa rais, na kusababisha kuibuka hali ya wasiwasi ya kutokea tena mapigano nchini humo.


Kenya yafungua mahakama ya maharamia

Serikali ya Kenya imefungua mahakama maalum itakayotumiwa kuendesha kesi za washukiwa wa uharamia. Mahakama hiyo imefunguliwa katika gereza la Shimo la Tewa, mjini Mombasa katika pwani ya Kenya.

Jumla ya washukiwa 106 wanazuiliwa katika gereza hilo wakisubiri kukamilishwa kwa kesi zao. Maharamia wengine 18 tayari wamehukumiwa na wanatumikia vifungo vyao katika gereza la Shimo la Tewa.

Mahakama hiyo maalum inagharimiwa na ofisi ya umoja wa mataifa inayoshughulikia uhalifu. Serikali kadhaa zikiwemo Marekani, Ufaransa, Canada na Ujerumani zinafadhili shughuli hiyo. Tayari ofisi hiyo ya Umoja wa Mataifa inasema imeipa serikali ya Kenya dola milioni 5.

Hapo awali serikali ya Kenya ilikuwa imetishia kusitisha mpango wa kuwakubali maharamia walioshikwa katika bahari ya Hindi, ikidai kuwa jamii ya kimataifa haikuwa inasaidia kulipia gharama za kuwazuilia na kuendesha kesi za washukiwa hao.

Jamii ya kimataifa imeelezea imani kuwa kufunguliwa kwa mahakama hiyo maalum kutasaidia kuendesha upesi kesi za uharamia na hivyo kusaidia kukabiliana na uharamia katika bahari ya Hindi—————————————————————————————————————————————

Bunge la Kenya lapitisha sheria inayoipa serikali uwezo wa kudhibiti bei

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Thursday, 24 June 2010
Sample ImageBunge la Kenya limeidhinisha sheria inayoipa serikali uwezo wa kudhibiti bei za bidhaa muhimu kama vile chakula na mafuta ya petroli. Sheria hiyo ambayo ilikuweko huko nyuma lakini ikaondolewa katika mwongo wa 90 itaipa serikali nguvu ya kuzuia wafanya biashara kupandisha ovyo bei za bidhaa muhimu kama wanavyofanya hivi sasa. Mwanabiashara atakayepatikana akiongeza bei za bidhaa bila ya idhini ya serikali atachukuliwa hatua kali za kisheria. Serikali imekaribisha hatua hiyo ikisema kuwa waliokuwa wakijitajirisha kwa njia isiyo ya halali sasa hawana tena nafasi hiyo. Hata hivyo mawaziri wengi wa serikali wamepinga sheria hiyo wakisema kuwa inatishia mustakabali wa uchumi wa nchi hiyo


Rwanda yakana kumpiga risasi Nyamwasa

Lt Jenerali Faustine Kayumba NyamwasaLt Jenerali Faustine Kayumba Nyamwasa

Rwanda imesema haihusiki na kumpiga risasi aliyekuwa mkuu wa majeshi anayeishi uhamishoni nchini Afrika Kusini.

Luteni Jenerali Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, mkosoaji wa Rais wa Rwanda, yuko katika hali mbaya baada ya kupigwa risasi nje ya nyumba yake mjini Johannesburg.

Rosette Nyamwasa amesema ilikuwa ni jaribio la mauaji kwani mtu huyo mwenye silaha hakudai fedha au chochote kabla ya kumpiga risasi mume wake.

Serikali ya Rwanda imekana kuhusika na madai hayo.

Luteni Jenerali Nyamwasa alipigwa risasi tumboni na amekuwa akifanyiwa upasuaji katika hospitali moja mjini Johannesburg.

Mchambuzi wa BBC wa masuala ya Afrika Martin Plaut amesema tangu alipoondoka Kigali mwezi Februari, Luteni Jenerali Nyamwasa amekuwa kama mwiba kwa Rais Paul Kagame, ambaye anamshutumu kwa ufisadi.

Kukana rasmi

Familia ya Nyamwasa ilikuwa inarejea kutoka kununua bidhaa kwenye majira ya mchana siku ya Jumamosi wakati mtu huyo mwenye silaha alipokaribia gari lake.

Rais Paul Kagame wa RwandaRais Paul Kagame wa Rwanda

Bi Nyamwasa ameiambia BBC, ” Mtu mwenye silaha alizungumza na dereva wangu, lakini alitaka nafasi apate kumpiga risasi mume wangu.”

” Mume wangu alipoinama, akafyatua risasi. Na bahati nzuri, imempata kwenye tumbo na si kichwani… Mume wangu alitoka haraka…na akainyakua bunduki. Katika fujo kama hiyo, mtu huyo hakuweza kufyatua risasi.”

Amesema Bw Kagame alitaka mume wake afe.

Amesema, ” Bw Kagame amesema bungeni kwamba anataka kumwuua mume wangu, na atamfuata popote alipo na kumwuua.”

Lakini serikali ya Rwanda imeiambia BBC kwamba “inauamini uwezo wa serikali ya Afrika Kusini wa kufanya uchunguzi wa kina wa tukio hilo”.

Waziri wa mambo ya nje Louise Mushikiwabo amesema katika taarifa yake, ” Tumesikia taarifa hizi kupitia vyombo vya habari, hatuna uthibitisho wa tukio hili.”

” Tunaitakia familia ustahamilivu na nguvu.”

Ubadilishaji wa uongozi wa jeshi

Askari wa RwandaAskari wa Rwanda

Mchambuzi wetu amesema Lt Jenerali Nyamwasa alikuwa mshirika wa karibu sana wa Rais Kagame, mpaka hapo walipotofautiana.

Tangu amewasili Afrika Kusini, aliyekuwa mkuu wa jeshi amemshutumu Rais kwa kuhusika na ufisadi, madai yaliyopingwa na serikali ya Rwanda.

Amedai pia kuwa mahakama hazifuati sheria na ameiambia BBC katika mahojiano ya hivi karibuni kuwa majaji kwa sasa ni ” Mali ya Rais Paul Kagame.”

Miezi michache baada ya kukimbilia uhamishoni, pamoja na kiongozi mwengine mwandamizi wa jeshi, Rais Kagame alibadilisha uongozi wa jeshi kabla ya kufanyika uchaguziunaotarajiwa kufanyika mwezi Agosti.

Wakati huo huo, maafisa wengine wawili waandamizi walisimamishwa kazi na kupewa kifungo cha nyumbani.

Uchaguzi huo wa rais utakuwa wa pili kufanyika tangu mauaji ya kimbari mwaka 1994, ambapo Watutsi 800,000 na Wahutu wenye msimamo wa kati walipouawa.

Hati za kukamatwa

Lt Jenerali Nyamwasa alikuwa kiungo muhimu katika kundi la waasi la Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), iliyoongozwa na Bw Kagame, iliyofanikiwa kusimamisha mauaji na ambayo iko madarakani kwa sasa.

Mauaji ya kimbari RwandaMafuvu ya vichwa vya waliouawa katika mauaji ya kimbari Rwanda

Lakini Ufaransa na Uhispania zimetoa hati za kukamatwa dhidi ya Bw Nyamwasa kwa madai ya kuongoza mauaji hayo ya kimbari, pamoja na viongozi wengine waandamizi wa RPF.

Pia amelaumiwa kwa mfululizo wa mashambulio ya guruneti mjini Kigali katika miezi ya hivi karibuni, jambo alilolikana.

Bw Kagame, ambaye yupo madarakani kwa miaka 16 iliyopita, anaonekana katika nchi nyingi za magharibi kama kiongozi mwenye uwezo mkubwa barani Afrika.

Hata hivyo wakososaji wameonyesha wasiwasi juu ya uongozi wake na serikali hivi karibuni imekuwa ikishutumiwa kuwasumbua upinzani nchi hiyo ikielekea kwenye uchaguzi mkuu.


Kenya kuadhibiwa na Baraza la Usalama kwa kumhifadhi mtoro Kabuga

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Saturday, 19 June 2010
Sample ImageMahakama ya Kimataifa kwa ajili ya Rwanda ICTR imelitaka Baraza la Usalama la Umoja wa Mataifa liichukulie Kenya hatua kwa madai kuwa nchi hiyo imekataa kushirikiana nayo na kwamba Kenya imeendelea kumpa hifadhi Feliciene Kabuga anayesakwa na mahakama hiyo kwa tuhuma ya kuhusika na mauaji ya kimbari ya mwaka 1994 nchini Rwanda. Kenya imekuwa ikikanusha madai ya mahakama hiyo na kusema kwamba Kabuga hayuko nchini humo. Serikali ya Nairobi pia imesema kuwa inashirikiana kikamilifu na ICTR


HRW: Polisi ya Kenya imekuwa ikiwakandamiza wakimbizi wa Kisomali

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Thursday, 17 June 2010
Sample ImageShirika la Kimataifa la Kutetea Haki za Binadamu la Human Rights Watch limeituhumu polisi ya Kenya kwamba imekuwa ikichukua fedha kutoka kwa Wakimbizi wa Kisomali wanaotoroka vita nchini mwao. Kwenye ripoti yake iliyotoa Alhamisi ya leo, HRW imeongeza kuwa polisi hao pia wamekuwa wakiwapiga na kuwanajisi wakimbizi wanawake wasiokuwa na uwezo wa kutoa fedha. Makundi kadhaa ya kutetea haki za wakimbizi nchini Kenya yameelezea kusikitishwa mno na ripoti hiyo na kutaka uchunguzi wa haraka ufanywe na wahusika wafikishwe mbele ya vyombo vya sheria. Hadi kufikia sasa polisi ya Kenya haijatoa radiamali yoyote kuhusiana na ripoti hiyo.


Wabunge 6 wakamatwa kwa kutoa hotuba za chuki nchini Kenya

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Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Sample ImageWaziri wa Elimu ya Juu William Ruto na Naibu Waziri wa Barabara Wilfred Machage ni miongoni mwa wabunge 6 waliokamatwa na polisi ya Kenya kwa shutuma ya kutoa hotuba za chuki na uchochezi katika kampeni zao za rasimu ya katiba. Hata hivyo, Wabunge hao wamepinga shutuma hizo mbele ya Tume ya Kitaifa ya Uwiano NCIC. Aidha, NCIC imewaandikia barua Rais Mwai Kibaki na Waziri Mkuu Raila Odinga ikiwaomba kusitisha kampeni zote, ziwe za kuunga mkono au kupinga rasimu ya katiba kwa hofu ya nchi hiyo kurejea kwenye lindi la machafuko kama yaliyoshuhudiwa katika uchaguzi wa mwaka 2007, na kupelekea kwa akali watu 1,300 kupoteza maisha yao na zaidi ya laki 3 kuwachwa bila makao. Watu 6 walifariki dunia siku ya Jumapili kufuatia miripuko miwili katika kampeni za mrengo wa wanaoipinga katiba katika bustani ya Uhuru mjini Nairobi


Mahakama nchini Kenya yakataa kuliondoa jina la waziri katika ripoti ya KNCHR

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Saturday, 12 June 2010
Sample ImageMahakama moja nchini Kenya imekataa kuondolewa jina la Waziri wa Fedha nchini humo Uhuru Kenyatta ambaye pia ni Naibu Waziri Mkuu katika ripoti inayomuhusisha na machafuko ya baada ya uchaguzi wa mwaka wa 2007-08, iliyotolewa na Tume ya Kitaifa ya Kutetea Haki za Binaadamu KNCHR. Hukumu hiyo iliyotolewa na Majaji Roselyn Wendoh na Abida Ali Aroni katika Mahakama Kuu tayari imesambazwa hadharani. Ripoti ya KNCHR imesema kuwa, viongozi wengi wa ngazi za juu katika serikali ya nchi hiyo akiwemo waziri huyo, waliyafadhili makundi yaliyochochea pakubwa machafuko hayo yaliyopelekea watu zaidi ya 1,300 kupoteza maisha yao huku wengine wengi wakifurushwa kutoka makwao


Uganda yaamua kumualika Rais al Bashir wa Sudan kwenye kikao cha Kampala

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Tuesday, 08 June 2010
Sample ImageSerikali ya Uganda imebadilisha uamuzi wake wa awali wa kutomualika Rais Omar Hassan al Bashir wa Sudan kwenye kikao cha wakuu wa nchi wanachama wa Umoja wa Afrika kitakachofanyika mjini Kampala mwezi ujao. Taarifa ya serikali ya Uganda imeeleza kuwa, hatimaye Kampala imebadilisha uamuzi huo na kuamua kumualika rasmi Rais al Bashir kwenye mkutano huo. Awali serikali ya Uganda ilisema kwamba haitamualika Rais al Bashir, na badala yake Khartoum inaweza kumtuma mjumbe mwengine yeyote kwenye kikao hicho. Rais al Bashir ametupilia mbali tuhuma zilizotolewa na Mahakama ya Kimataifa ya Jinai ICC dhidi yake za kutenda jinai za kivita na kibinadamu huko Darfur, magharibi mwa nchi hiyo. Hapo awali serikali ya Uganda ilitangaza kuwa haitamualika Rais al Bashir, suala ambalo lilikabiliwa na radiamali kali ya serikali ya Khartoum. Licha ya kuitaka serikali ya Uganda iiombe radhi Sudan, Khartoum iliutaka Umoja wa Afrika kukihamisha kikao hicho kutoka Uganda na kukipeleka nchi nyingine yoyote mwanachama wa Umoja wa Afrika (chanzo redio iran idhaa ya kiswahili)


Joe Biden kuzuru Kenya

Makamu wa Rais wa Marekani, Joe Biden

Makamu wa rais wa Marekani Joe Biden anatarajiwa kuwasili mjini Nairobi hii leo. Biden anawasili kutoka nchini Misri na atamalizia ziara yake ya Afrika nchini Afrika Kusini ambapo atawakilisha taifa lake katika hafla ya ufunguzi wa kombe la dunia.

Akiwa jijini Nairobi, Biden anatarajiwa kutoa taarifa juu ya marekebisho ya katiba na mageuzi mengine. Pia anatarajiwa kukutana na rais wa Sudan ya kusini Salva Kiir na kuhudhuria mkutano muhimu juu ya Somalia.

Duru kutoka Nairobi zinaarifu kuwa katika mkutano wao na Biden, viongozi wa Kenya watasisitiza athari za mzozo wa Somalia katika kanda hii.



Wawili wafa mashindanoni Rwanda

Ramani ya RwandaRamani ya Rwanda

Watu wawili wamefariki dunia na wengine 14 kujeruhiwa nchini Rwanda wakati gari lilipopenya kwenye mkusanyiko wa washangiliaji katika mashindano ya magari.

Dereva ambaye ni raia wa Kenya ameripotiwa kupoteza njia alipokuwa akiendesha gari hilo kwa kasi kubwa siku ya Jumapili usiku.

Wawili miongoni mwa waliojeruhiwa wako katika hali mbaya sana.

Mashindano ya magari ya KCB Mountain Gorilla yanayofanywa mashariki mwa wilaya ya Gatsibo yaliandaliwa kusherehekea siku ya mazingira duniani.



East African Community

Flag of the East African Federation



East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 3 June 2010: The meeting of Heads of the East African Community (EAC) National Human Rights Commissions has recommended to the EAC Council of Ministers the draft EAC Bill of Rights for consideration.  The draft EAC Bill of Rights is envisaged to set a common standard for harmonisation of the bills of rights in the respective Partner States.

The meeting, which was attended by Chairpersons, Commissioners and legal officials from the Human Rights Commissions from all the five Partner States, further recommended that the EAC Secretariat facilitates wider consultation at national levels on the draft Bill.

The delegates were informed by the Deputy Secretary General (Political Federation) Hon. Beatrice Kiraso that that the draft Bill would support the development of the EAC Good Governance Protocol and its four pillars, namely Democracy and Democratisation processes; Human Rights and Equal Opportunities; Anti-Corruption, Ethics and Integrity; and Rule of Law and Access to Justice.

The draft Bill which will also be discussed during the forthcoming EAC Conference on Good Governance in Nairobi, Kenya, in August, proposes the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) extend its jurisdiction to include adjudication on Bill of Rights.

The draft Bill was initiated by the National Human Rights Commissions and facilitated by Kituo cha Katiba (Centre for Constitutional Development), a regional organisation that has observer status with the EAC.

This was the third meeting of Heads of Human Rights Commissions and was chaired by Mr Amiri Manento, Chairman of Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance from Tanzania.

Department of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania


Chama cha upinzani cha mwisho Burundi chajiondoa katika uchaguzi

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Saturday, 05 June 2010
Sample ImageChama kikuu cha Kitutsi cha Burundi jana kilifuata uamuzi wa vyama vingine vya upinzani na kujitoa katika uchaguzi wa Rais unaotarajiwa kufanyika mwezi huu, uamuzi ambao umemfanya Rais Pierre Nkurunzinza abakie kuwa mgombe pekee katika uchaguzi huo. Bonaventure Niyoyankana kiongozi wa chama hicho cha Uprona amesema kuwa, chama chake kimeamua kumuondoa mgombea wake katika uchaguzi huo utakaofanyika Juni 28 mwaka huu.
Niyoyankana ameongeza kuwa, chama hicho kimeamua kuchukua uamuazi huo kwa sababu ya mgogoro wa kisiasa uliojitokeza baada ya kushuhudiwa wizi wa kura katika uchaguzi wa serikali za mitaa na madiwani ulifanyika tarehe 24 mwezi uliopita wa Mei hasa kwa kuzingatia kuwa malalamiko yaliyowasilishwa kwa Tume ya Uchaguzi hayakuwepewa umuhimu wowote. Uamuzi huo wa Uprona unafuata nyayo za vyama vingine vitano vya upinzani vya Burundi vilivyojitoa katika kinyang’anyiro cha uchaguzi wa Rais cha nchi hiyo hivi karubuni, kikiwemo chama cha FNL Palipehutu kinachoongozwa na Agathon Rwasa (chanzo radio Iran idhaa ya kiswahili)


Na Juma Abdala-Zenji Fm


Serikali ya Mapinduzi Zanzibar imesema kuwepo kwa vitendo vya uharamia kati ya visiwa vya Unguja na Pemba vinavyoripotiwa katika vyombo vya habari kunaweza kuathiri uchumi wa Zanzibar. Akizungumza na zenji fm radio juu ya athari za vitendo hivyo kwa uchumi wa Zanzibar waziri anaeshughulikia masuala ya fedha na uchumi Dr. Mwinyihaji Makame amesema licha ya kutopata uthibitisho wa vitendo hivyo, lakini Zanzibar ni sawa na nchi nyingine ziliomo katika ukanda wa bahari ya Hindi inaweza kuathirika kiuchumi kutokana na uharamia huo. Amesema iwapo meli za mizigo zinazotaka kuingia katika eneo la Afrika ya mashariki zinatishiwa na maharamia wa kisomali bila shaka hali ya uchumi wa Zanzibar itakuwa mbaya. Hata hivyo Dr. Makame amevipongeza vyombo vya ulinzi na usalama kwa kuendelea kufanya doria za kuwasaka maharamia hao walioripotiwa kuwepo katika kisiwa cha Pemba. …CLIPS…(SAVED-MWINYIHAJI) Kazi ya kuwasaka maharamia hao wa kisomali bado zinaendelea kwa ushirikiano wa jeshi la polisi, vikosi vya SMZ pamoja na jeshi la wananchi Tanzania JWTZ. …….2…..ZANZIBAR………… ZANZIBAR….2……. Akizungumza na Zenji Fm Radio juu ya msako huo kamanda wa kikosi cha kuzuia magendo KMKM kisiwani Pemba amesema kuwa kazi inaendelea vizuri na hadi sasa wananchi wanatoa ushirikiano mzuri…

) Msako huo umekuja siku moja baada ya kuripotiwa watu wanaodaiwa maharamia waliotaka kuiteka nyara meli moja katika bahari ya Hindi upande wa Tanzania kukimbilia kisiwani Pemba. Maharamia hao wamekimbilia Pemba baada ya kushambuliwa na majeshi ya jumuiya ya umoja wa ulaya wanaofanya doria katika pwani ya Afrika ya mashariki wakitaka kuiteka meli kati kati ya bahari ya visiwa vya Unguja na Pemba



Viongozi wa kuu wa Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki. Toka shoto ni Marais Yoweri Museveni wa Uganda, Mwai Kibaki wa Kenya, Paul Kagame wa Rwanda, Jakaya Kikwete wa Tanzania na Pierre Nkurunzinza wa Burundi

Na Juma Abdala-Zenji Fm

Baraza la biashara Zanzibar limesema suala ya wafanyabiashara wa Zanziar kutozwa kodi mara mbili linaweza kathiri shughuli zao mara baada ya kuanza kwa soko la pamoja la Jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki Julai mwaka huu.

Akizungumza na wandishi wa habari katibu mtendaji wa baraza hilo Ali Vuai amesema licha baraza hilo kuyapatia ufumbuzi zaidi ya matatizo 60 yanayowakwamisha wafanyabiashara wa Zanzibar, lakini suala hilo haliko mikonini kwa Zanzibar.

Hata hivyo amesema suala hilo linaendelea kujadiliwa katika vikao vya kero za muungano vinavyohusisha mawaziri wa pande mbili za muungano chini ya mwenyekiti wake makamo wa rais wa Tanzania…..CLIPS…..(SAVED-VUAI)

Aidha Vuai amesema katika kuwatayarisha wafanya biashara wa Zanziar kuingia katika soko la pamoja la jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki Jumanne ijayo litaendesha mkutano utakao wajumuisha zaidi ya wajumbe 300 kutoka ndani na nje ya Zanzibar.



Amesema lengo la mkutano huo ni kuwaemisha wafanyabiashara wa Zanzibar juu ya umuhimu wa kulitumia soko hilo pamoja na kuyapatia ufumbuzi matatizo yao watakayokabiliana nayo katika soko hilo…..CLIPS….(SAVED-KERO)

Nae mkurugenzi wa Idara ya biashara Zanzibar Rashid Ali akizungumzia suala la misamaha katika soko hilo amesema misamaha ya bidhaa haitaombewa kwa mtu mmoa bali itaombewa kwa wafanyabiashara wote watakaoingiza bidha zinazoombewa msamaha


Na Juma Abdallah Ali-Zenji Fm Radio


  • Wananchi watakiwa kuomba dua ya kuomba mvua
  • Kudhibiti matumizi ya chakula na maji

Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa baraza la Mapinduzi Dr. Amani Abeid Karume amewataka wananchi wa Zanzibar kuchukua tahadhari ya kukabiliana na ukame  unaonza kujitokeza katika maeneo mbali mbali ya Unguja na Pemba kutokana na ukosefu wa mvua uliojitokeza kwa muda mrefu hapa nchini.

Amesema ukosefu wa mvua umeathiri kwa kiasi kikubwa uzalishaji wa mazao ya kilimo, mazao ya bishara, mimea pamoja na mifugo, hivyo amewataka wananchi kudhibiti matumizi ya maji na chakula kutokana na kuwepo kwa tishio la kukumbwa na ukame iwapo mvua hazitanyesha kwa siku za hivi karibuni.

“Wakati serikali inajiandaa kukabiliana na hali yoyote ya ukame itakayojitokeza ni wajibu wa kila mmoja wetu kuchukua tahadhari ya kutosha ya kudhibiti hali hiyo na kudhibiti matumizi ya raslimali zetu zikiwemo maji na chakula”. Alisisitiza rasi Karume.

Rais Karume ambae alikuwa akizungumza katika baraza la Eid-el-fitri hivi karibuni huko nyumba ya wananchi Forodhani mjini hapa amesema serikali yake hivi sasa inaendelea kukabiliana na hali ukame iliyojitokeza na kuwataka wananchi kuacha tabia ya kukata miti ovyo na kuharibu vianzio vya maji kwani ndio chanzo chake.

Aidha rais Karume amewataka wananchi kumuomba mwenyezi mungu aijaalie Zanzibar kupata mvua za kutosha, huku serikali kwa upande wake ikiendeleza juhudi za kuimarisha kilimo cha umwagiliaji maji ambacho ndio mkombozi na kuwasaidia wakulima kuwapatia mbegu na pembejeo nyengine kwa njia ya ruzuku ili kuongeza kasi ya uzalishaji wa mazao ya kilimo.

Akizungumzia hali ya kudorora kwa uchumi duniani iliyoikumba mataifa mengi hivi karibuni rais Karume amesema, suala la kuimarisha kilimo, uwekezaji katika sekta ya utalii na biashara, miundo mbinu na huduma za kijamii kwa Zanzibar ni mambo yanayohitaji kupewa umuhimu mkubwa katika juhudi za kukabiliana na kuzorota kwa uchumi duniani.

Hivyo amewataka wananchi kuchukua fursa hiyo ya mageuzi ya uchumi yanayofanywa na serikali kwa kujijengea misingi ya uchumi endelevu kwa kufanya kazi kwa bidii na kuzidi kujituma.

Kwa mujibu wa bajeti ya serikali ya Mapinduzi Zanzibar mwaka 2008/2009 itaelekeza nguvu zake zaidi katika shughuli za maendeleo kwa nia ya kuwashirikisha wananchi wake kuwaekea miundo mbinu ya kuimarisha kilimo na utali ili kuongezeka ajira na kujenga misingi imara ya ukuwaji wa uchumi hapo baadae.