EAC integration

“Burundi still contests EALA Speaker election,” says EAC Affairs Minister

Isabella Ndahayo, Minister of EAC Affairs says Burundi EALA MPs regularly attend the regional assembly activities despite their rejection of the EALA speaker’s election. “The election was illegal and full of irregularities but Burundi MPs continue to attend the scheduled sessions,” says Minister Ndahayo, this 10th April when presenting the 2018 first quarterly achievements of her ministry adding that Burundi filed a complaint at the EAC court of justice and is still waiting for its conclusion.

Isabella Ndahayo: “Burundian EALA MPs continue to perform their daily activities despite the disputed election of EALA Speaker”.

Isabella Ndahayo: “Burundian EALA MPs continue to perform their daily activities despite the disputed election of EALA Speaker”.

On 6 March, the First Instance Division of the East African Court of Justice resumed its March sessions and struck out the application filed by the Republic of Burundi. The latter challenged the election of the EALA Speaker, arguing that, the Assembly did not follow Rule 12 of the Rules of Procedure of the
Assembly, which requires the quorum of one third (1/3) of the elected Members from each Partner State.

Martin Ngoga, the current EALA speaker from Rwanda, was elected on 19th December 2017 with 33 votes in the second round of vote against Burundi MP Léontine Nzeyimana who got 3 votes.

Among the 2018 first quarterly achievements of the Ministry of EAC Affairs include the sensitization campaigns on EAC projects, field visits, experience-sharing meetings… Minister Isabella Ndahayo says the main challenge that her ministry is currently faced with is finance-related. “Since 2015, we have faced financial problems as we got few partners in our projects. However, our goals were achieved at 90%”, she says.

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