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EAC MPs say South Sudan is illegally part of East African Community

EAC MPs cast doubts on South Sudan’s legitimacy within the East African Community, citing unmet regulatory obligations and lack of domestication of the treaty as reasons for its contested membership

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The East African Legislative Assembly has raised doubts about South Sudan’s membership in the East African Community, citing concerns over the country’s compliance with community regulation regulations.

In a report presented by the committee on legal, rules and privileges regarding South Sudan’s integration into the community, it was revealed that the country has not fully implemented the necessary steps to become a full member of the East African Community.


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Speaking during the presentation of the Report, Mary Mugyenyi, an Ugandan Representative at the East African Legislative Assembly said, she is surprised that there are still alien countries in the East African block.

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South Sudanese are living in East African countries as aliens, and holding aliens’ cards. I am still surprised,” Mary expressed.

According to Ayason Mukulia Kenedy, a South Sudan lawmaker at the EALA, South Sudan has not domesticated the treaty and therefore, no law of the East African Community shall apply in the South Sudanese territory.

Rose Akol, EALA Lawmaker representing Uganda stated that, “We are not facilitated to trade due to lack of harmonization, domestication of the treaty, and other various protocols.”

However, Jeremiah Woda, a South Sudan representative at the East African parliament admitted that, the South Sudan government has only allocated a budget for the treaty but has not been implemented.

She said, “As far as I remembered, South Sudan was allocated a budget for the integration in 2018 and 2019 budget but has not yet been implemented.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Gabriel Arol Garang a lawmaker at the East African Parilament also defended South Sudan as the most integrated nation in the region.

If there’s a country in the East African Community that has accepted all East Africans to work and move freely, it is only South Sudan,” Dr. Garang expressed confidently.

On her part, Peninah Malonza, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary in charge of East African Community Affairs promised to resolve the matter within a period of six months.

She said, “The Council will encourage the Republic of South Sudan to abide by its treaty obligations and the Council will provides a detailed feedback on the three matters in six months period.”

According to the East African community treaty, a new member only takes 12 months to domesticate the treaty however, South Sudan has not done so since its joining in 2016 as a member making its stay illegal.

Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia are other East African Countries that are yet to domesticate their treaties following their recent admission of the regional block.

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