The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), on Thursday, wrapped up its sitting in Kigali.One of the motions that were adopted was for member states to annually celebrate the International Day of Democracy which falls on September 15.
Such proposals are designed to help widen and cement the role of the ordinary people in governance matters, and also to promote accountability.
Yet for the EAC to succeed as a bloc, it will require committed and sustained involvement of each partner state, including all segments of society, such as the civil society, private sector and the ordinary citizens.
However, there is need for the Assembly to quickly move to ensure that member states implement the various proposals to help enhance good governance, as well as implement the various EAC protocols.
The regional lawmakers should also put in place clear monitoring mechanisms to ensure that it all translates into better livelihoods of the people of East Africa.
EALA should work towards formulating a strategy that will promote zero tolerance to corruption. This is one vice that probably constitutes the greatest hindrance to service delivery in the region, with adverse consequences to the welfare of the people.
However, EALA will need everyone’s support to succeed in its mandate.