Uganda was applauded on tuesday for their fine contribution. The East African Legislative Assembly did this in appreciating them for promptly deploying its troops in South Sudan to prevent the conflict from escalating.
The EALA Speaker, Margaret Zziwa, told the EALA opening session in Kampala that it was necessary to deploy troops there to avoid the fighting from degenerating.
“The deployment was timely and is timely, Uganda has the obligation to prevent the conflict from degenerating.”
She said that the deployment was in line with the agreement the Inter Governmental Authority on Development member countries had when they met in Nairobi late last month.
The Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, who opened the session, urged the EALA members to address the issue of sectarian conflicts which were stalling the region’s economic development.
He said that some of the conflicts were fuelled by foreigners who had selfish interests, citing the fighting in neighbouring South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
During the session, the assembly would likely discuss the conflict in South Sudan and also the country’s application to join the East African Community.
The body is a regional economic bloc bringing together Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi.
The members would also discuss the EAC Disaster Risk and Management Bill, the EAC Integration (Education) Bill among others.
Report says EALA holds sessions in different member countries on a rotational basis