EDITORIAL: May 2018 be a year of peace and prosperity
2 months ago, 2 Jan 11:30
Plans by Kenya and Rwanda to ease travel provided hope that the dream of free movement of persons within the region and on the continent could still be achieved, in spite of protectionist tendencies fuelled by rising terrorist threats.
The region also came out unscathed from two electoral contests that saw Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya retain office.
In Kenya, the opposition boycotted the August 26 repeat polls and in Rwanda some aspirants were barred from contesting on controversial grounds.
Despite a hesitant economic growth, East Africa was still spared the shocks that economies like Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia, which are reliant on commodities, experienced.
The internal strife in South Sudan and to some extent Burundi has exposed weaknesses in the Community's agreements as far as being a brother's keeper is concerned.
While internal issues of a country are sovereign, the EAC should at least have a benchmark on governance that is expected of a member state and its leadership.
The moves by three Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Pierre Nkurunziza in Burundi to prolong their stay in office came with trampling on human rights and institutions like the media and civil society.
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