The East African Legislative Assembly plans to launch an independent investigation into Burundi’s recent decision to ban Rwanda’s products entering its market. The findings will inform the assembly and the Heads of State in the region on possible remedies.
This was announced yesterday, by Daniel Kidega, the EALA Speaker after a meeting with Senate president Bernard Makuza.
Speaking to the media, Speaker Kidega reemphasised the need for comprehensive efforts that can restore peace in Burundi and South Sudan, whose state of affairs are not only worrying but pose serious consequences on the regional economies.
“I have just heard that free movement of persons and goods are being hampered at the border between Rwanda and Burundi, as an assembly we shall investigate this”, he said.
He added parliament will take it up, investigate and find the fact about it; will debate and shall draft key recommendations to be submitted to the council of ministers.
Makuza reiterated the need to enforce dialogues between parallel parties in Burundi, stressing though that the ban on Rwanda’s products cannot affect the country’s economy.
“We have already expressed our concerns that ban on cross-border trade is by all means a serious breach and violates the EAC protocols. There is a mechanism through which accountability on such decisions is handled, but let there be no worries as far as Rwanda is concerned we have our own way of handling matters”, he told reporters.
The decision to ban cross border trade and travels mainly between Rwanda and Burundi emerged two weeks ago, with Burundi’s Vice President, Joseph Butore warning of serious consequences to citizens.
Théogène U @Bwiza.com
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