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EAST AFRICAN LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, ARUSHA, FRIDAY 2 DECEMBER 2010: The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) is scheduled to hold it’s 2nd Meeting of the 4th  Session in the Chambers of the Parliament of Uganda from 6th  - 17th December 2010. H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda is expected to address the Assembly on Wednesday 8 December 2010 at 2.30 P.M on a wide range of issues pertaining to the EAC integration.

The Assembly to be presided over by the Speaker, Hon Abdirahin Haithar Abdi, will among others receive and swear in the newly appointed Tanzanian Minister for East African Community Affairs, Hon. Samwel Sita together with Hon Nsabimana Yves and Hon.Bucumi Emerence both from the Republic of Burundi as new Members to the EALA.

The meeting will also debate the Administration of EALA Bill 2010, the EAC Service Commission Bill 2010, the LVBC Bill, 2007 and to consider proposed amendments to the Inter-University Council for East Africa Bill, 2010.

The session will also include receiving reports from the various Committees notably the;

· Oversight Report on EAC Projects, RV Jumuiya and LVBC MERECP Kenya;
· The Report on the adherence to the provisions of the EAC treaty;
· Report on Politics of food security in East Africa;
· Report of the workshop on: ” A Policy Framework Towards improving the Status of the Youth in East Africa”;
· Report on mining Legislation in East Africa and
· Report on Trade Harmonization.

There will also be a question and answer session by the Members of EALA to the chairperson of the Council of Ministers.

ABOUT EALA

The East African Legislative Assembly is the legislative Organ of the East African Community. Its Membership consists of a total of 52, of whom 45 are elected Members (9 from each Partner State) and seven ex-officio Members (the Ministers responsible for EAC Affairs from the Partner States, the Secretary General of the Community and the Counsel to the Community).

The East African Legislative Assembly has legislative functions as well as oversight of all East African Community matters. The enactment of legislation of the Community is effected by means of Bills passed by the Assembly and assented to by the Heads of State, and every Bill that has been duly passed and assented to becomes an Act of the Community and takes precedent over similar legislations in the Partner States.

The EALA in June 2010 launched its Strategic Plan and Website at its 5th  Meeting of the 3rd  Session held in Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya respectively. The Strategic Plan is expected to go a long way to firmly entrench the EALA as the epitome of the Community’s democracy and unity.

The EALA website (www.eala.org) provides the Assembly with the means to communicate actively with the citizens of East Africa and beyond and enhances public understanding of the legislature’s role and responsibilities.

From the website of EALA