The Speaker of East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), Daniel Kidega has decried Burundi’s decisions of barring free movement of good and people at the border between Rwanda and Burundi saying it does not reflect the spirit of the Community and should therefore be reversed.
Kidega said this today during a courtesy call he paid to the president of Rwanda’s parliamentary chamber of senators.
“ I have heard that free movement was disturbed at Rwanda- Burundi border. EALA will investigate that. We have a body in charge of monitoring business and investment issues responsible for ensuring full rights of members from six countries of East African Community,” he said.
“There must be free movement of people and merchandises which is the main reason of creating our community. EALA is going to investigate the matter gathering evidence and take decisions to be passed to Council of Ministers.We ought not deprive our citizens of cooperation rights,” he added.
The president of Rwanda’s parliamentary chamber of senators, Bernard Makuza said that hampering free movements at Rwanda-Burundi border is illegal.
“We have discussed that stopping free movement of people and goods is illegal. Such acts are wrong and deserve to be condemned,” he said.
Rwanda imports mangoes, lemon and cooking oil from Burundi.
Rwanda exports processed foods like maize floor, wheat floor, cassava floor ,sweet potatoes and milk.
EAC comprises of six countries including Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and South Sudan. The six countries agreed to a common protocol market facilitating free movement of people and goods among member states.