By George Kalisa
Rwandan President Paul Kagame has said that the current lack of a common understanding and harmonised actions could be detrimental to the response to the dangers that the COVID-19 pandemic poses in the East African Community (EAC) region.
“In fact, in the East African region we still have a few problems to address which I will not bother this meeting with, but we will have to keep working at having the same understanding of what dangers this pandemic poses and how to manage it,” observed Kagame on June11 during a high profile virtual meeting for African leaders and AU Special envoys.
The meeting that reviewed the progress on agreed actions that are in place to fight the Coronavirus pandemic discussed the need for continued collaboration towards ending the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am sure that my brother, President Uhuru Kenyatta, understands what I am talking about. But we will keep working at it. We have that problem of harmonisation and understanding of what actions we have to take, but we will keep working at it,” added President Kagame.
Kagame, however, said that there was commitment to continue addressing this problem and elaborated on various assignments that are being handled by the EAC leaders, including expansion of use of digital tools.
“In the East African Community, we continue to work together to establish procedures to facilitate the flow of trade, while also protecting public health. This includes the expanded use of digital tools and working to harmonize testing guidelines,” said Kagame.
On the untimely death of the President of the Republic of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, Kagame said:
“We also regret the untimely passing of the President of the Republic of Burundi, and extend our condolences are to his family and the people of Burundi”.