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Title:Political federation in East Africa: progress, challenges and prospects for constitutional development
Author:Kamanyi, JudyISNI
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights
Geographic terms:Kenya
Subjects:East African Community
Abstract:The Treaty establishing the East African Community (EAC), which was ratified in November 1999 and came into force in July 2000, was a tripartite initiative to revive the cooperation between Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania that had been disbanded in 1977. However, whereas Article 5 of the EAC Treaty clearly provides for the establishment of a political federation, there is no subsequent article that elaborates on the provisions for the establishment of such a federation. Furthermore, until now, there is little evidence of the EAC having taken a formal stand and making pronouncements on the performance or nonperformance of the partner States on constitutionalism, good governance and democratic development. Following an exposť on an East African political federation, this paper presents a review of the three East African partner States in 2005 and part of 2006 highlighting constitutional developments - both progressive and retrogressive, which have implications, some serious, for the advancement and launch of a political federation in 2010. In conclusion, it argues that the political federation has to be people-led with policies designed collectively with civic actors and with the involvement of all segments of society including the marginalized. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]