The EastAfrican Community summit is a flop as all stakeholders but Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni and Tanzania’s Pombe Magufuli attended the meeting by default.
According to watchdog online media site, out of the six heads of state that make the East African Community( EAC) summit, only Museveni who is due to take up the EAC chairmanship turned up to join host Magufuli with the other four Presidents preferring to ignore the hand over from Magufuli to Museveni.
Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza, South Sudan’s Salva Kirr sent representatives who can’t discuss and take decisions on key issues that include the upcoming monetary union.
Analysts say Uhuru is fighting for his political life with the elections coming up in August, and Nkurunziza vowed not to return to Dar es Salaam, the capital he was in when a coup attempt on his government took place. Burundi has never been the same.
On the other hand, Salva fears to step out of Juba, fearing the state of affairs could go wrong in his absence.
Magufuli has handed over to Museveni the chairmanship to drive the community, and it’s up to the Ugandan leader to bring back the men back to table.