Constitutional experts kick off public consultation in Burundi on EAC Political Federation Constitution.
A group of constitutional experts that were picked to draft the East African Community(EAC) Confederation Constitution are in Burundi where they will be gathering public opinions as part of the ongoing process of drafting the region bloc’s constitution.
The experts led by Uganda’s former Chief Justice Benjamin Adoki were selected and tasked with drafting a Constitution for the EAC Political Confederation for consideration by the Summit of EAC Heads of State.
According to EAC Secretary General Liberat Mfumukeko the team will be visiting different parts of Burundi including Bunjumbura,Ngozi,Gitenga and Makamba, undertaking consultations with stakeholders and the public on the Draft Political Confederation Constitution.
“Participation of the people in this process is of utmost importance to ensure that the Constitution of the Political Confederation of East Africa is well aligned with their choices and views on constitutional issues,” Mr. Mfumukeko stated
He added that the views expressed by the people through these consultations will be given due consideration drafting the Constitution.
EAC Secretary General Liberat Mfumukeko
He also said the draft Constitution will also be circulated for the public inputs before it is considered by the EAC.
The Secretary General outlined a number of chambers that the public will be able to use to submit their proposals or petitions, which include hearings, online, such as the EAC website as well as various social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter.
“It is our hope that this process will be concluded by 2022 with the adoptation of the EAC Political Confederation Constitution by the Summit,” he said.
Formation of the EAC Political Federation is hoped to among others lead to political stability in the region and removing any possibilities of Partner States fighting each other.
“The Federation would stimulate faster development and better sharing in the field of education, science and technology which is at the cutting, edge of socioeconomic transformation,”says Mr. Mfumukeko.
For instance, Lake Victoria would be managed as a single and indivisible resource, equitably shared among the East African people. The Lake would be rationally managed, particularly with regard to the imperative to protect and conserve its environment.