East Africa

EAC leaders launch e-passport


The  new Chairman of the East African Community President John Magufuli has led the launching of the new international East African e – passport that will easy transport in the region and internationally.

Among others, the document is designed to facilitate the fight against international crime.

The Summit also clarified that President Yoweri Museveni is the EAC appointed mediator for Burundi and that it has also appointed former Tanzania President Benjamin Mkapa as lead facilitator.

Mkapa will be reporting to President Museveni as mediator.

President Magufuli hailed Museveni for working tirelessly with the people in Burundi to restore peace and called on the people of Burundi to support his efforts so that lasting peace is achieved in Burundi.

The 17th EAC summit saw South Sudan join the East African Community as a full member, a move described by South Sudanese Second Vice President James Wani Iga as a historical event for his country. Iga who represented President Salva kiir said this was not just about politics but about Economics and history.

“This is where we belong,” he said.

Leader after leader hailed the move by the community for bringing South Sudan into the fold said it will ensure prosperity for the people through a big market.

The EAC leaders also congratulated the new Chairman of the EAC President Magufuli upon his recent election to the Presidency of Tanzania and also congratulated President Museveni on his re-election that was described by the East African Business Council as Dennis Nkarera as an obvious win.

The leaders also congratulated President Kagame upon the successful referendum.

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