EAC HEADS OF STATE SUMMIT IN ARUSHA POSTPONED FOR THIRD TIME

ARUSHA, A summit of heads of State of member countries of the East African Community (EAC) scheduled to be held here next week has been postponed for the third time with the latest reason being the ongoing party primary voting process in Kenya.

This time, the heads of state from the six countries making up the EAC have decided to let Kenya complete its ongoing primary voting exercise as the country prepares for its general election scheduled for Aug 8. As a result, the EAC summit which was to be held here on May 10, under the chairmanship of Tanzanian President John Magufuli, will now be held on May 20.

This date is also subject to change without notice. So far, according to the EAC Secretariat here, the venue for the summit has since been relocated from Arusha to Dar-es-salaam where the EAC leaders will sit next week, if the dates do not get changed again.

Last month, EAC head of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Richard Owora Othieno had announced that the EAC summit which was to be held here on the April 6, 2017, had been scrapped, ostensibly to pave way for Burundi, which dedicates the sixth day of April every year as Assassination Day to remember the death of the late President Cyprien Ntaryamira, who together with President Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda, were killed when the plane they were flying in on their return home from Dar-es-Salaam was shot down by unknown assailants in 1994.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK