The East African Community leaders have directed the regional security agencies to develop strategies that will contain the terrorist acts in the region.
This follows the recent attacks in Mombasa and Nairobi in Kenya;
The leaders condemned the terrorist acts in the region during the 12th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State of the East African Community (EAC) held at Arusha International Conference Center in Tanzania on Wednesday.
East African countries especially Uganda and Kenya have been a target by the Al-Shabaab terrorists who have vowed to continue with the acts if the countries don’t remove their forces from Somalia.
Uganda and Kenya have their forces in Somalia to help in restoring peace in the horn region under the African Union forces.
The Summit was attended by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and the host President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania.
President Paul Kagame of Rwanda was represented by his Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Pierre while the President of Burundi was represented by his First Vice President Prosper Bazombaza.
The communiqué among other issues stated that the Government of South Sudan requested the EAC to postpone the process of its inclusion into the community until September 2014 to allow it time to do more consultations on the matter.
On issues affecting the community, the East African Heads of state directed the EAC Secretariat to ensure the accelerated implementation of the resolutions agreed on during the previous meetings, especially in areas that concern the political federation.
The Summit also congratulated the host President, Jakaya Kikwete and the people of Tanzania upon their 50th celebrations anniversary marking the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar to form one State of Tanzania. The Summit described the move as an inspiration for East African integration and that of the continent.
Other activities performed by the Heads of State at the summit included the historical launch of the Case Management Recording System in the East African Court of Justice and the issuance of the Users Guide.
The East African Leaders, and participants at the summit, later joined the people of Rwanda in commemorating the genocide in that country 20 years ago, by unveiling a monument, at the headquarters of EAC, dedicated to the victims and those who lost their dear ones as well as declaring ‘never again to genocide’ in the region.