Buganda Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga advises the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) to be cautious with the Integration Process.
He says individual countries should consider settling national issues and challenges before jumping to the Integration.
Mayiga says that the idea of the East African Community is good but there are lots of challenges within member states of the EAC that need to be sorted out. He cites the Buganda Question and the Zanzibar Question in Tanzania as one of the issues that pose a great challenge to the community.
He adds that EAC member states have different political arrangements like dispensation and presidential terms among others which need to be harmonized before integration can be realised.
This was during a meeting with the speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly Margret Nantongo Zziwa at Bulange Mengo. Zziwa also delivered UGX 14.2 million as a contribution from EALA members towards the construction of the Royal Tombs.
Mayiga noted that there is need to start with initial bodies that used to bring the community together citing the East African Aviation Authority, The East African Customs Union and the East African Communication Commission. He adds that there is a need to embrace a single currency which could be a challenge since economies of the member states are not at the same level.
EALA Speaker Margret Zziwa says that EALA is cautiously handling the integration process taking into account the views and concerns of the East Africans.
She noted that the integration process is already ongoing though a few issues have not been fully worked out citing the identity cards envisaged to facilitate free movement of people. She adds that the concerns raised by Buganda Kingdom are critical for the process.