NEW ASSEMBLY AND NEW COURT LAUNCHED

The new East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) was inaugurated on November 29 and the new East African Court of Justice (ECJ) on November 30. The budget for the East African Community (EAC) has been increased by 237% in the 2001/2002 financial year as its activities rapidly increase. Each of the three partner states will now contribute a total of US$ 1,666,387.

The Speaker of the new East African Assembly is former Tanzanian Defence Minister Abdulrahman Omari Kinana. The treaty to re­establish the EAC was originally signed on 30th November, 1999 following the collapse of the earlier community in 1977. The two Tanzanian judges appointed to the new court are Justices Augustine Ramadhani and Joseph Warioba.

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