Thursday, 7 November 2013

Odinga offers to mediate in Tanzania, EAC fall out

Nairobi- Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga yesterday offered to help resolve the controversy threatening to break up the East African Community (EAC).
Mr Odinga appealed to presidents Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), Yoweri Museveni, Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania) and Paul Kagame (Rwanda) to urgently pick a panel of statesmen from the EAC to resolve the controversy that has seen Tanzania threaten to pull out of the political and economic bloc.
Panel of statesmen
“I want to propose to regional heads of state that a panel of statesmen from the EAC be put together to work out a mechanism to resolve the impasse and put the union back on track,” he told a press conference.
Asked whether he was ready to sit on the panel if picked by President Kenyatta, Mr Odinga answered in the affirmative.
“Yes, I’m ready to represent Kenya on that panel,” he said.
Mr Odinga’s concerns come in the wake of reports from Dar es Salaam that Tanzania was considering pulling out of the EAC.