Mwanza — EAST African Member states have vowed to work collectively in fighting terrorism in the region following the recent deadly terrorist attack at the Westgate Shopping Malls in Kenya.
Ministers and Permanent Secretaries of the EAC member states made the commitment at the end of their 12th meeting of the Sectoral Council of Ministers for Lake Victoria Basin which was here.
The ministers who observed one minute of silence for the people who passed on at the Westgate Mall tragedy, resolved to share information that would lead to exposure of terrorism.
Speaking during the meeting, the Minister of Natural resources of the Republic of Rwanda, Ambasador Stanislaus Kamanzi and Deputy Secretary General of Lake Victoria Basin, Jesca Shayo said that it was high time now for East African member states to come together and fight terrorism as it was now on the increase.
On his party, Ambasador Kamanzi who sent condolences to the people of Kenya for the grisly tragedy that claimed hundreds of lives said that it was high time for the EAC member states to come together and fight terrorism collectively in the region.
"I wish to express our condolences to our brothers and sisters of the Republic of Kenya for the recent tragedy in Nairobi that claimed the lives of many innocent people, this is a lesson to us all in the region," he said.
On her party, Honourable Jesca Shayo, conveyed condolences to the government and people of the Republic of Kenya who lost their loved ones during the terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi and wished them quick recovery to the injured ones. She said that, despite the attack the country faced, Kenya was still safe.
She urged the EAC member states to continue supporting the country as she still lacks some of the important counsel and advice after the terrorist attack. "Some people are having sentiment that Kenyans are unsafe, we cannot run away from our own problems as East African member states, we must help each other.
Today terrorist attack happened in Kenya, but tomorrow will be in another country, let us join hands to combat terrorism in our region", she said. She also urged the EAC member states to continue to maintain their political stabilities for the betterment of their countries developments.
On his party, the Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Water and Environment in Uganda, Mr David Obong urged EAC member states to continue to work together as sisters and brothers, as it was the only tool for fighting terrorist in the region.
"Political stability in Africa remain a must, we have to work together to fight for the terrorists in our member states", he said.
On his part, the Tanzanian Minister for water, Prof. Jumanne Maghembe sent condolences to the government and people of Kenya following the tragic loss of innocent lives which caused by the terrorist attack on the West Gate Mall in Nairobi and assured Kenyans to get total support from their Tanzanian brothers and sisters in their fight against terrorism.
On her part, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu thanked the EAC partner states for standing with Kenyan people during the period of horrific terrorist attack which visited her country recently.
"We are truly grateful for your expressed solidarity during this difficult period. Kenya is committed to dealing with all forms of terrorism and will not relent on this. We continue to call on you to stand with us in solidarity against terrorism", she was quoted as saying.