Public Communication - 21/4/2017
Taita Taveta University has now joined the growing list of Universities hosting the East African Community (EAC) Clubs, following its launch at the Voi-based institution on Wednesday.
Presiding over the launch at the University’s Auditorium, Assistant Director of Regional Integration, Ms Phyllis Watwana emphasized the important role the youth are expected to play in the EAC integration process.
She took the students through the stages of the regional integration, from its inception in 1967, the collapse of the first attempt in 1977 and the revival of the current EAC bloc in the year 1999.
Public Communications Unit
The Integration Secretary of the State Department of EAC Integration (SDEACI) Mr. Barack Ndegwa, on Wednesday presided over a half day validation workshop for stakeholders on harmonization of laws, held at the Laico Hotel in Nairobi.
In his speech, Mr.Ndegwa pointed out that the workshop was as a result of a resolution by the State Department to develop a document to outline Kenya’s policy on harmonization of national laws to conform to EAC legislations.
He added that the SDEACI seeks to take the lead in the harmonization process by ensuring that the national laws do not offend the commitments under the EAC treaty.
“Currently the community has passed approximately twenty-two protocols, thirty-seven Acts and has Thirty (30) Bills. All these legislations are to be implemented through the process of harmonizing the partner states laws to conform to the community legislation as envisaged under Article 126(2) (b) of the treaty”, the Integration officer pointed out.
By Teckla Wasonga
Secondary Schools EAC clubs held their 3rd joint activity at Precious Blood Girls, Riruta Secondary School last weekend with a pledge towards the promotion of the EAC integration agenda.
The occasion brought together students from six different schools from Nairobi and Kiambu Counties, among them: Mary Leakey High School, Maryhill High School , Nairobi School, Amani Academy Primary School, Rithumitu High School and the hosts; Precious Blood Girls Riruta .
The Principal of Precious Blood Girls Riruta Ms Jacinta Akatsa welcomed the EAC officials and other guests present saying that through the launching of EAC clubs in schools she had been able to learn more about the EAC Integration and its anthem which sang on Mondays and Fridays during assembly time. She added that she was ready to learn more about the EAC integration process and its benefits towards the youth development in the community.
The event was graced by EAC Assistant Director for Social Affairs Ms. Phyllis Watwana who was flanked by a Senior Assistant Director of Regional Integration from State Department of EAC, Mr. Samuel Kahenu. Other organizations represented in the event included State Department of Youth Affairs, Sauti ya Jamii, EAC Youth Ambassadors Forum and the Ministry of Education.