(Xinhua) -- The East African
Community (EAC) member states each plan to hold national
'referenda' to decide whether to have a political
confederation or not, officials said on Monday.
Alice Yalla, acting integration secretary at Kenya’s
Ministry of East African Community and Regional
Development told Xinhua in Nairobi that a committee of
experts, three from each of the six partner states is
currently developing a draft constitution for governing
the political confederation.
"According to the agreed framework, the EAC countries
should have agreed on a constitution that will be voted
by nationals of the regional bloc by 2025 and thereafter
commence the process of implementing the political
confederation," Yalla said.
EAC member states include Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania,
Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.
Yalla added that partner states have decided to have
a political confederation instead of the envisaged
political federation where the member states will agree
on the selected areas to coordinate centrally.
The Kenyan official noted that the areas of common
coordination will include trade and foreign policy while
other areas will be conducted by respective national
Yalla noted that a referendum will be conducted to
ensure that the nationals of the regional bloc own the