EAC Countries Yet To Ratify Peace & Security Protocol

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Uganda and Rwanda are the only countries out of the five East African Community partner states that have ratified the EAC peace and security protocol which is aimed at improving security in the region.

Uganda and Rwanda are the only countries out of the five East African Community partner states that have ratified the EAC peace and security protocol which is aimed at improving security in the region.
 
This revelation was made today by the expert on peace and security in the EAC secretariat Leonard Onyonyi while briefing members of the East African Legislative Assembly during a capacity building workshop on the protocol.
 
The peace and security protocol was signed on February 15, 2013 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and the five EAC states were given one year to ratify it. The protocol among others outlines co-operation in ensuring peace and security for the region and in combating crime. The protocol spells out 20 objectives for fostering regional peace and security.
 
Onyonyi says the other states have only two and a half weeks to ratify the protocol because implementation is determined by the ratification of the protocol.
 
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Onyonyi adds that the Council of Ministers presented a request to the summit last November to establish the Peace and Security Council, but the summit still needs details on the implementation modalities and how the council will operate. He says that the summit will finalise the issue at the next summit meeting in April.
 
EALA speaker Magret Zziwa urged the assembly members to push their home countries to expedite the ratification of the protocol and attributed the delay to the different processes of ratification used by different countries.
 
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The internal and security ministers of Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya adopted a report by the defence ministers of the same countries on the mutual defense and the peace and security act which was recommended to the summit for consideration.