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Uganda, Tanzania reject Sudan’s EAC entry

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Khartoum’s application to join the East African Community was on the verge of collapse at the weekend after officials from Uganda and Tanzania refused to endorse it.Sudan stunned the region earlier this year when it applied to join the EAC ahead of the breakaway Republic of South Sudan, which has closer political, economic and cultural ties to the rest of the EAC member states.Speaking to Daily Monitor after a meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers here, Eriya Kategaya, Uganda’s minister for East African Affairs, said Uganda and Tanzania were not willing to admit the Khartoum government even though the governments of Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi didn’t offer any objections.“We rejected their application after looking at several issues like their democracy, the way they treat women and their religious politics and we feel they don’t qualify at all,” Mr Kategaya said.The final decision on Sudan’s application will be delivered on Wednesday when Presidents Museveni, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi meet in the heads-of-state summit.Mr Kategaya said a similar application by South Sudan to join the regional trading bloc, which came only last week instead of the required six months ahead of the summit, was late and would instead be discussed next year.More info Click here

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