The East African Region is rising with a spirited ambition to build a sustainable and lasting political, economic and human focused infrastructure for the challenges of the 21st century.
However, besides this thriving optimism, its neighbours have a different story to tell: South Sudan, it is yet to find sustainable peace for it to rewrite its history, curving a new path for its people. Somalia a nation that has experienced long term conflict is still not secure within its own borders. The Human Rights Watch says,
“The Somali government has largely failed to provide security and protect rights in areas under its control.”
In Burundi, hundreds of people have been engaged in violent protests after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he will seek a third term in the 2015 elections.
The president accused him of violating the constitution and the Arusha Peace Agreement, which says the president can only stay in power for two terms.
In Rwanda, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) announced that it approved an amendment to article 101 of the country's constitution asking the Parliament to change the document, which restricted the president to running for two seven-year terms.
For Tanzania and Uganda, both are gearing up for elections in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Kenya is scheduled to hold its general elections in 2017.Nampongeza kwa dhati Ndugu John Pombe Magufuli. Atarejesha imani ya wananchi kwa Chama chetu https://t.co/16JQJBnXCi pic.twitter.com/syUVRBv3Bs— January Makamba (@JMakamba) July 12, 2015
Besides the political ambitions, there are lessons from each country. Each learning and emulating the other.
Each State is trying to answer its own challenges by writing and passing laws that hamper the ability of mankind to leap forward, to tackle grave challenges in health, technology, the ecosystem, civil and human rights, education, and humanity. Writing and passing laws that spread democracy, freedom, openness, equality, and opportunity.
Lessons from the EAC:
Presidents Museveni, JM Kikwete, Leaders of Delegation from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi have started informal consultation on Burundi situation— EastAfricanCommunity (@jumuiya) July 6, 2015
I was appointed by the 3rd Extra-ordinary Summit of the Heads of State of the EAC to mediate Burundi talks. pic.twitter.com/NpLHZLbZDR— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) July 10, 2015
Kenya:I hope to carry out this responsibility with support of East African Countries, Africa at large and all stakeholders in this process.— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) July 7, 2015
I am pleased that Kenya will be the first sub-Saharan host of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit @GES2015Kenya pic.twitter.com/KKShITfdUG— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) July 7, 2015
Kenya is taking giant steps in asserting its position as a leader in green energy production globally. pic.twitter.com/BotlauPPEV— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) July 2, 2015
The CFTA, spanning SADC, EAC & COMESA, will aid intra-trade by creating a market of 625-million people with a GDP of more than $1-trillion.— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) June 15, 2015
CFTA is envisaged as a stepping stone to continent-wide free trade area by 2017 after over a decade of +5% a yr growth in African economies— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) June 15, 2015
President #Kagame: How can we not allow intra-African trade when we know the potential for everyone: businesses, the people & government— Presidency | Rwanda (@UrugwiroVillage) July 11, 2015
Shared responsibility&prosperity for all should be our East African mindset of success & dignity.-President #Kagame pic.twitter.com/wrXXlTBCWl— Presidency | Rwanda (@UrugwiroVillage) July 11, 2015
President #Kagame: Where are the global brands coming out of East Africa? We seem to be lagging behind even though we have what is needed.— Presidency | Rwanda (@UrugwiroVillage) July 11, 2015
President #Kagame: Markets reveal what people really want. Not what you think they want, much less what you believe would be best for them.— Presidency | Rwanda (@UrugwiroVillage) July 11, 2015
Strengthened trade facilitation will reduce the costs and time for movement of goods and people across borders. pic.twitter.com/JIsd4W95Rt— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) June 15, 2015
Empowerment of women and youth occupies a center stage in policy deliberations and has multiplier effects #AUSummit pic.twitter.com/yIogKuDeQ3— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) June 15, 2015
Tumepiga hatua katika haki za wanawake. Wabunge wanawake toka 62 hadi 127, wanafunzi wa kike Vyuo Vikuu toka 10,000+ hadi 78,000+. #Julai9— Jakaya Kikwete (@jmkikwete) July 9, 2015
When our oil starts flowing in 2018 or if we can get funding that is not borrowing,we shall build additional electricity generating capacity— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) June 23, 2015
What we need in Africa is support from international community in terms of funding and equipment so that we can do the job ourselves.— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) May 4, 2015
I always say 'one-by-one makes a bundle'. We shall achieve it all through the right priorities and your support. pic.twitter.com/IakjBqgON3— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) March 19, 2015