By Jane Nambi
Gen. Aronda Nyakairima was appointed by President Museveni to head a committee meant to draft a constitution for East Africa.
President Museveni, during the tri-lateral meetings between Museveni, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame in June and August was tasked to spearhead railway development and fast tracking the federation. President Kenyatta was assigned to spearhead electricity generation and distribution, as well as oil pipeline development while President Kagame was tasked with issues of customs, a single tourist visa, and an East African Community e-identity card.
The three leaders are to meet every two months to review progress, their next meeting is due in Kigali in October. Tanzania and Burundi were left out however.
President Museveni wrote to Gen. Aronda, now minister of Internal Affairs in a letter dated on August 14, informing him that he had been selected to head the committee to fast-track the federation following consultations with Kenyatta and Kagame. “I appointed you, after my agreement with their excellencies Paul Kagame and Uhuru Kenyatta, to chair the committee for the fast-tracking of the East African Federation,” Museveni reportedly wrote.
In the letter, President Museveni instructs Aronda and his committee to embark on drafting a constitution that shows the advantages of a larger, stronger East Africa. The rest of the committee is yet to be appointed.
The proposed constitution is to stipulate how power and finances are to be shared between the federating states and the federal government, among other things. The president advised Aronda to utilise the resourcefulness of people like Prof Sam Tulya-Muhika, Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner General Allen Kagina, and the Attorney General in executing his assignment.