I am suspecting that the current post-election violence rocking Kenya could derail the East African Community (EAC)’s aspiration to form a federal state.
I also think that the instability in East Africa’s largest economy could hurt the bloc’s prospects and it would have far reaching consequences if the leaders from the five partner states fail to broker an immediate solution.
The violence that erupted immediately after the polls at the end of December has briefly affected the economies of Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi – all landlocked countries that access the sea through Kenya. That is why leaders must find a quicker solution
In my own opinion, East African Community would face difficulties to achieve a union government because of the Kenyan crisis and so the states should have their democratic principles strengthened so as to achieve the bloc’s aspirations.
The crisis in Kenya should teach us lessons in my view the integration process is going to be halted for sometime. Kenya has had a leading role in all negotiations; in Comesa, EAC and other regional coalitions. But this time round that role may not be felt anymore after this violence.
I urge the present leaders in the region to resolve the issue immediately since it could interfere with the progress of the integration process.
It should be a concern to all of us. When Kenya had a fair election in 2002 we were extremely proud. But today we should be concerned. The regional community spirit is undermined.