E. Africa legislative assembly concerned over Kenya’s withdrawal of troops from S....

E. Africa legislative assembly concerned over Kenya’s withdrawal of troops from S. Sudan

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Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers, the first batch of the troops who had served in the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Nairobi Kenya, November 9, 2016. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: East Africa legislative Assembly says that it is concerned over what it termed as deterioration of security status in the Southern Sudan and Kenya’s decision to withdraw its peace keeping troops from the neighbouring country.

In a media briefing at parliamentary buildings in Nairobi on Monday ,EALA speaker Daniel Kidega said that Southern Sudan status and Kenya’s action will make the country’s security status extremely volatile.

He urged East African member states together with the Khartoum government to chip in and solve political crisis in southern Sudan, insisting that they have a responsibility of enhancing peace and stability across the country.

“We as EALA we are concerned with the political confusion in our newest member state , the republic of southern Sudan and we appeal to all the concerned parties particularly the elected government, which sits in Khartoum to make sure peace prevails.” Kidega said.

“Southern Sudan should be fully integrated into the East African community, then we use the framework which is enshrined in the treaty and other legal frame work to help southern Sudan come out of the crisis ,we are indeed very concerned .”He insisted.

On corruption, Kidega said that the assembly condemns corrupt tendencies in the governments and also in private sector within the region, urging relevant authorities to act on the vice in order to embrace good governance.

“What we have done as an assembly, there is a private members bill which is before the assembly to provide a legal frame work for whistle blowing. We have the whistle blower bill which is in the process in the Assembly to give a legal framework to East African citizens to report to relevant institutions on corrupt tendencies in the public sector.”Kidega said.

He complained that some partner states have not settled their financial contribution to help the assembly run its affairs smoothly.

He urged various learning institutions to uphold East Africa community policies and stop treating students from partner states, as foreign students an issue he says goes against the spirit of integration.

The assembly is in the country to debate on EAC gender equality and Development bill and an address by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta due on 29th 2016.