Magufuli for an industrialised EAC

03Mar 2016
Edward Qorro
The Guardian
Magufuli for an industrialised EAC

PRESIDENT John Magufuli has emphasized the need for the entire East African Community (EAC) to industrialize as the basis to sustainable development.

President John Magufuli (r), Yoweri Museveni of Uganda (c) and Paul Kagame of Rwanda (l)

Speaking at the EAC Heads of State Summit yesterday in Arusha, President Magufuli who chairs the EAC upheld his renowned frugality urging the EAC Secretariat to control spending and roll out thrifty measures in steering the bloc.

He asked his fellow leaders to accommodate the issue of industrialization among the agendas to be discussed during the summit.

“At the moment it is very unfortunate that we supply raw materials and we don’t consume what we produce, something which is not good for the prosperity of the community,” he observed.

The president faulted the exportation of raw materials saying it was costing the community job prospects.

He also seized the opportunity to challenge the EAC Summit to take bold steps in promoting the use of Kiswahili. He pointed out that it is ironic for the African Union to embrace the language while the EAC continues to shy from the language.

According to the EAC treaty, Kiswahili is the community’s lingua franca but English remains the formal language across the bloc and it dominated proceedings of the 17th ordinary EAC Heads of State Summit.

Meanwhile, President Magufuli paid glowing tribute to his predecessor Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete for what he described as tremendous job in steering the community during his presidency saying the region has made immense strides during Kikwete’s chairmanship.

“He did a good job in strengthening democracy and good governance across the region,” he said.

President Magufuli also took time to pay tribute to Ugandan President Yoweri Magufuli for winning the Presidential Election held recently in the Pearl of Africa.

He also commended Museveni for his efforts to bring peace in Burundi and called upon the warring parties to find a lasting resolve to the political crisis in the country.