The Democratic Republic of Congo formally applied for admission to the
six-member East African Community (EAC).
The vast natural resource-rich central African country is seeking to
join the regional bloc after various behind-the-scenes rapprochements.
Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi this week wrote to his Rwandan
counterpart Paul Kagame, who is the current chairman of the EAC, seeking to
join the Community whose member countries are Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda,
Burundi and South Sudan.
“This request follows the ever-increasing trade between the economic
players of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and those of the states of the
Community,” he wrote on June 8.
The desire of his government, President Tshisekedi observed, is to join
the Community of regional leaders “...
By Keefa Nuwahereza
of State in the East African region have agreed to use digital trackers for
cargo lorry drivers as part of measures to help curb the spread of Coronavirus
in the region.
decision comes at a time of increasing concerns in the region over high numbers
of long-distance drivers testing positive for COVID-19 at countries’ borders.
heads of state noted that information sharing is key during a crisis such as
the COVID-19 pandemic,” read part of the statement.
far, drivers’ movements have not been restricted in the region since they are
considered essential workers as they transport goods such as food and
medication across East Africa.
month, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni dismissed the possibility of stopping
drivers from entering the ...
By Keefa Nuwahereza
President Yoweri Museveni has through the National COVID-19 Task Force, which is headed by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, issued new directives to all cargo truck drivers, which will help in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus.
Museveni's Directives were issued shortly after health officials had observed that fresh data show most of the new infections are truck drivers operating in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan.
The new Presidential directives are thus aimed at preventing infected drivers from entering the country and limiting the number of people they come into contact with along their journeys.
The Directives, which were communicated by the Prime Minister Dr Rugunda are as follows;
OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINIS...
By Keefa Nuwahereza
Uganda is on high alert for any suspected coronavirus case and as you read this, a tour guide was on Sunday quarantined in Kanungu after beings suspected of having contracted the deadly COVID-19.
According to Kanungu District Health Inspector the suspect (Names withheld on request) is a tour guide and resident of Kameme in Kihihi Sub-county, Kanungu District.
The Suspected patient is reported to have started feeling unwell on March 11th 2020 but reported himself to the facility on Saturday March 14th, 2020.
The Kanungu Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Hajji Shaffique Ssekandi revealed reporter that he had heard some information about the case and referred the reporter to Kato Besisira, the District Health Inspector.
On being contacted, Besisira, who ...
Trade wars among East African Community members have put in doubt the 21st Ordinary EAC Heads of State Summit slated for February 2020, according to economics experts.
By Elite Reporter
cloud of uncertainty now hangs over the summit that was supposed to be held in
November last year but was called off at the last minute under unclear
date has so far not yet been set for the Heads of State Summit. However, we
expect that it will either be held in late February or March,” said Simon Peter
Owaka, head of communications at the EAC Secretariat.
added that “The summit is responsible for setting its own date and agenda,
which are shared at least one week in advance with various stakeholders.”
Kenya’s EAC and Regional Development Cabinet Secretary Ad...