S. Sudan calls EAC to emulate Magufuli

05Mar 2016
Edward Qorro
The Guardian
S. Sudan calls EAC to emulate Magufuli

South Sudanese Vice President James Wani Igga has commended President John Magufuli’s war on corruption, saying his battle maneuvers and leadership style were worth emulation by the East African Community I(EAC) member states.

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda (r) share fan with President John Magufuli (l)

The second-in-command in the world’s youngest country that was admitted into EAC by the Heads of State Summit on Wednesday said it was only a matter of time before Tanzania saw a jump in its economy owing to President Magufuli’s engineered unwavering war on corruption.

“Magufuli’s style is so exemplary that other partner states need to borrow a leaf from his book,” Igga said on Thursday during the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of Arusha-Holili/Taveta-Voi road.

He challenged Tanzania into investing in his country saying as a young nation yet to be explored, it has a lot of potentials to offer a country determined to build its economy through its commitment to fighting corruption.

“We have 95 per cent of our land sitting idle; why don’t you go there for investment?” he stressed.
He said the oil rich economy that boasts of 22 different kinds of minerals could also spur economic growth for the bloc which is now home to 162 million people following his country’s inclusion.

For quicker integration into the new community, he said plans were underway for his country to introduce Kiswahili language in education syllabus to conform to the spirit of EAC treaty, that puts the language as the community’s lingua franca and English, a formal language.

However, it was English that dominated proceedings of the 17th ordinary community members Heads of State Summit that ended on Thursday.

Chairperson of the summit President Magufuli seized the opportunity to challenge the summit into taking bold steps in promoting Kiswahili, saying it was ironic for the African Union to embrace the language while the very home of the language in East Africa shies away from the language.

South Sudan now joins Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi and it will be part of the regional integration projects that have been the subject of discussion among member countries.

The 17th Ordinary EAC Heads of State Summit which met in Arusha on Wednesday resolved to admit Africa's newest nation into the economic bloc.

South Sudan applied for the community membership immediately after its independence from the neighbouring Sudan in 2011, following invitation by the presidents of Kenya and Rwanda.