President Uhuru Kenyatta has the best chance to revive EAC

East African Community Heads of State

East African Community Heads of State Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), John Magufuli (Tanzania) and Gaston Sindimwo (Burundi VP) at a past EAC summit.

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What you need to know:

  • Kenyatta, Obote and Nyerere parted in a very acrimonious atmosphere in 1977 and the EAC only became alive again when they left the scene

As the new chairman of the East African Community (EAC), President Kenyatta now has the best opportunity to pump life into an organisation that has, since the 1970s, failed to be coherent and serious about most issues that member states need to address. The EAC that was envisaged by East Africa’s founding fathers — Presidents Jomo Kenyatta, Julius Nyerere and Milton Obote — has never had a firm grounding.


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