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Sudan’s bid to join EAC quashed by Uganda & Tanzania

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November 27, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government faced a diplomatic setback after two countries rejected its application to join the East African Community (EAC), a newspaper reported today.

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FILE - A previous EAC Heads of State summit (paulkagame.com)

EAC is the regional intergovernmental organization comprised of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The Kampala-based Daily Monitor newspaper said that Uganda and Tanzania raised the flag citing concerns over Khartoum’s democratic practices and its treatment of women.

Last June, Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir wrote to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, who is the EAC chairperson, requesting that his country be admitted to the bloc. Divisions within the member states on the request at the time forced a deferral of the decision to the upcoming EAC summit.

A Ugandan official revealed that during the EAC council of ministers meeting his country along with Tanzania raised objections.

“We rejected their application after looking at several issues like their democracy, the way they treat women and their religious politics and we feel they don’t qualify at all,” Eriya Kategaya, Uganda’s minister for East African Affairs said.

Article 3 (3) of the EAC charter stipulates that membership is contingent upon adherence to universally acceptable principles of good governance, democracy, the rule of law, observance of human rights and social justice.

Furthermore sharing joint borders is a requirement for the EAC membership which Sudan does not satisfy.

The final decision on Sudan’s application will be delivered on Wednesday when Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi meet in the heads-of-state summit.

Uganda’s relations with Sudan have been strained for the last two years over the former’s support for south’s independence, position on the International Criminal Court (ICC) warrant for Bashir and hosting some Darfur rebel figures.

Just last month Sudan’s First Vice President Ali Osman Taha accused Musevini of seeking a regime change in Khartoum as part of his broader agendas to halt Arab advances in Africa.

Last week, the Ugandan president slammed Khartoum’s ‘Arabisation’ policies which he said led to South Sudan choosing to secede from the north.

South Sudan officially became an independent nation last July after its citizens voted in a referendum earlier this year overwhelmingly in favor of splitting from the north. The exercise was stipulated as part of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which ended more than two-decades of civil war.

Kategaya said a similar application by South Sudan to join EAC, which was submitted formally last week instead of the required six months ahead of the summit, was late and would instead be discussed next year.

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  • 28 November 2011 07:33, by Bush

    Yes, who wants to invite a devil in the society? They are evil and let them stay away with their hatred and jealousy towards African communities.

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    • 28 November 2011 14:00, by pabaak

      only two countries in the bloc reject them, its should be unanimous by all members, what others were doing, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, they praise regime to enter into bloc, this could be a disaster, it could become appendix in the body of EAC, EAC must developed to include a democratic society who promote human rights, freedom of press, and the equal opportunity for all,which are not there

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  • 28 November 2011 09:41, by michael coma

    To Sudan Gvt
    Make sure that your request to join EAC will not be accepted because of charges you had which can not let you qualify to be member.We know that you are following our oil and you will not get it compared it to get your mother private part.

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  • 28 November 2011 10:32, by Brother Billy

    No No and no union with Arabs whose visions are different from that of African Nationalists. For EAC to accept the application of Sudan joining EAC, Bashir must first be taken to ICC then, the recommendation will be given bi South Sudan as a country through which Sudan be a member of EAC as S Sudan borders Uganda, Kenya which Sudan does not have. Let Sudan instead join Middle East or UAE!!!

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    • 28 November 2011 14:13, by Manyieldit

      Dear readers,

      Sudan have no intention to join EAC regional bloc but it was a political trick to make young and poor South Sudan nation to rash and submit their application to EAC which will have a negative impact on the people of South Sudan. Sudan has won what they were looking for. South Sudan joining EAC will not be in a favor of South Sudanese instead it will be benefits of Uganda and Kenya

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  • 28 November 2011 14:29, by Manyieldit

    South Sudan leaders should first think before they take action. The issue of joining the EAC bloc should not be the individuals decision but should be determine through referendum. People of south Sudan have suffered enough and we do not need to fall again in the hand of other hyenas like Kenya and Uganda. Pliz Mr. president should withdraw that application and seek the view of people first.

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  • 28 November 2011 14:53, by peace

    I think if Sudan especially north join EAC,They can definitely start dictate everything, apparently you can see there is no freedom of expression.but with some condition,let them stop barbaric act by killing innocent people,and allow citizen to express thier views.with all these remark,they can join EAC with salama masica.

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