Constitutional Experts in Kenya for a Consultative Meeting on Drafting EAC Political Confederation

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A team of constitutional experts are currently holding a consultative meeting for the drafting of the East African Community (EAC) Political Confederation in Mombasa Province
and other counties in Kenya.

According to the EAC Secretariat, the consultative meeting which was launched on Monday, May 8, 2023 in Mombasa at Flamingo Beach and Spa will cover six counties and will go on
until May 27, 2023. The consultations were first held in Burundi and next will be Tanzania.

“We started consultations with Burundi, then Uganda and now Kenya. Next will be Tanzania,” the Secretariat said.

The Secretariat said that consultations of the 20-day long public hearing sessions in Kenya will see the team of constitutional experts holding discussions with Governors, Commissioners, members of civil society organizations, local leaders, youth leaders, opinion leaders, people with disabilities, educators, religious organizations, members of the press and the business community, among other stakeholders.

Deputy Chairperson and the Chairperson of Constitutional experts addressing stakeholders
Deputy Chairperson and the Chairperson of Constitutional experts addressing stakeholders

The Secretariat added that the consultations are aimed at seeking the views of various stakeholders on the kind of a Political Confederation they would desire for EAC.

The EAC Secretariat confirmed that the team of experts will as well hold consultations in Kisumu, Kakamega, Eldoret, Nakuru, Nyeri, Embu, Garissa and Nairobi counties.

Stakeholders during the consultative meeting for drafting the EAC Constitution political federation in Kenya
Stakeholders during the consultative meeting for drafting the EAC Constitution political confederation in Kenya

The Secretariat said that the team of experts among them being the Rtrd Justice Benjamin J. Odoki are today in Nakuru at Sarova Woodlands, then they are expected to be in Nyeri on May, 17th, other counties will follow and the consultations will end in Nairobi on 27th May.

According to the Ministry of East African Community Affairs, the process is guided by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who was given this mandate by the Summit of EAC Presidents.

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