Violation of governance principles at EAC should not go unpunished

If the EAC was as serious as we all expect it should be, Mfumukeko would either have resigned or dismissed. The MPs should not be proud of doing postmortem but rather would have strongly expressed their concern of the violation of basic governance principles of the Secretariat including a rebellious attitude of his Secretary General acting in the unique interests for his illegal nominating authority rather that the community that indeed hired him.

Editor,

RE: “EAC secretary general faulted over illegal staff dismissal” (The New Times, January 26).

If the EAC was as serious as we all expect it should be, Mfumukeko would either have resigned or dismissed. The MPs should not be proud of doing postmortem but rather would have strongly expressed their concern of the violation of basic governance principles of the Secretariat including a rebellious attitude of his Secretary General acting in the unique interests for his illegal nominating authority rather that the community that indeed hired him.

My naïve question is: What is the moral authority that remains to the Secretary General towards the reinstated staff and all the staff at large? When one destroys his moral authority against all pertinent advice including from his senior legal collaborators, the EAC legislative assembly should not be convening a meeting f or a postmortem without any strong signal, except the hint of a possible vote of no confidence from one Hon. MP from Kenya.

Some of us have taken note of how the EAC failed the people of Burundi unlike the Ecowas firm stand for the Gambia, but then this case is just another proof that impunity and negative solidarity are still pervasive in the mind of our leaders including our very representatives in Eala.

I do not mean to be rude towards our honorables at the risk of having my post censored but I write form the anger of my heart when I daily witness the lack of support or inefficient support to be fair from a community meant to foster peace and solidarity among members and yet abandon the people of one of theirs to the slaughter of an “illuminated person” who violated the Nation’s Constitution and the historic Arusha agreement that brought relative peace and stability for the last ten years or so.

The very EAC now is being complacent towards an “ambassador” who is just advancing the agenda of the oppressor of the people of a member country in violation of standard procedures.

Then, summits and meetings will be held at tax payers money to endlessly sing commitments to good governance and to do postmortem including that of the genocide when there will be no Tutsi or opposition members in Burundi, as was the case in another member country 23 years ago. But the EAC had died at the time.

Will its resurrection prevent the slow and hidden genocide in one of its member state, i.e. Burundi?

Bela

 

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