The Republic of Burundi and the United Republic of Tanzania have made public their concerns regarding the meetings held by the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda and the Republic of Uganda during a number of meetings at Heads of State level.
There have also been persistent press reports including misrepresentations on the matter.
The Secretary General of the East African Community has consulted the five Partner States on this state of affairs. On the sidelines of the 19th Sectoral Council of Ministers Responsible for East African Community Affairs, the Ministers in the spirit of consolidating and strengthening East African Integration have exchanged on progress occasioned by the meetings mentioned above as well as the challenges that have arisen.
East Africans are urged not to be unduly alarmed because the challenges are being addressed and will be further considered by the Council of Ministers at its 28th Meeting scheduled for 28th November 2013 and make recommendations to the Summit.
Partner States committed themselves to implement the Protocols on the Common Market and the Customs Union, and in particular laying the requisite infrastructure, and removal of barriers to the free movement of goods, services and people.