The journey to strengthen the political authority in the East Africa Community (EAC) is on course.
This was revealed by Justice Dr. Benjamin Odoki, retired Chief Justice for Uganda and chairman to a committee of experts appointed at the EAC summit to draft the constitution for the proposed political confederation of EAC.
While in Garissa for a public participation exercise, Justice Odoki said a reasonable ground has been covered in the process of drafting the EAC constitution.
“We are tasked with drafting a confederation constitution and we have been going round all the seven counties collecting the people’s views that we shall use to draft the constitution,” he said.
Justice Odoki revealed that his team of experts will not be drafting a federal one but a confederal constitution that provides a transition to a federation.
Ms Fatuma Yusuf from Wajir urged the committee to ensure there is inclusivity in the regional governance system.
“I want sign language to be included among the recognized four in the EAC so that people living with disabilities can feel being part of the EAC population,” she said.
Mr Hassan Noor, a resident of Garissa, asked the committee for a borderless region.
“I want a free region so that I can be able to move freely in the region. Resource sharing should be equal so that cases of conflicts are minimized in the region,” he said.