The East Africa Law Society (EALS) on Thursday filed a case at the East African Court of Justice in Arusha against the Council of Ministers and the Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC).

A statement by the EALS, an umbrella regional association of respective national law societies in East Africa, said the EAC Council of Ministers, while being the policy organ of the EAC, has persistently violated the Treaty establishing the EAC, among other laws.


The statement said the EAC Council of Ministers violated the Treaty by holding meetings, passing resolutions and making important decisions without involvement of Attorneys General of the partner states of EAC contrary to the spirit of Article 13.

“This has led to delays in realization of objectives of the Treaty and brought conflicts and confusion in the integration processes,” said the statement signed EALS Chief Executive Officer Hanningtone Amol.

The statement also accused the EAC Council of Ministers of conducting meetings without quorum and purporting to make binding resolutions.

The statement said the EAC Council of Ministers also violated the Treaty by creating an institution of EAC, namely Ad Hoc EAC Service Commission, to undertake the work of human resource and administration at the Secretariat of the EAC without first having the institution properly established by the Heads of State through the Summit.

It added that the importance of this case was to bring to the attention of the entire citizenry of the EAC the importance of respecting laws of the regional bloc in order to realize benefits of regional integration.

The EAC six member states are Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan. Enditem


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