On Thursday, the 2nd of October 2023, a significant event took place in Arusha, Tanzania, as Cabinet Secretary for EAC, ASALs, and Regional Development, Hon. Peninah Malonza, held a consultative meeting with distinguished members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA). The meeting served as a platform for discussing critical issues surrounding regional development, cooperation, and integration.
In attendance were four esteemed Members of Parliament (MPs) representing Kenya at the EALA: Hon. Kanini Kega, Hon. Iman Falhada Deko, Hon. Mwangi Godfrey Maina, and Hon. Kurga Kering Zipporah. Their presence emphasized the commitment of Kenya to the East African Community (EAC) and the importance of legislative support in achieving the EAC’s goals and objectives.
EALA, as the legislative arm of the EAC, plays a pivotal role in advancing the ideals and objectives of the regional community. The legislators, through their legislative and oversight functions, have a unique opportunity to shape the future of East Africa, fostering collaboration and unity among member states.
During the consultative meeting, Hon. Peninah Malonza expressed her dedication to working closely with the EALA MPs. Her focus is on strengthening regional integration and nurturing relationships with member states. Such collaboration is vital in ensuring that the EAC continues to grow and thrive in the face of various challenges and opportunities.
This meeting serves as a testament to the commitment of both the executive and legislative branches of the Kenyan government in supporting the EAC. It highlights the importance of a united front in achieving the EAC’s aspirations, such as economic growth, political stability, and social progress.
In her remarks, Malonza emphasized that regional integration isn’t merely an abstract concept but a practical approach to addressing common challenges and seizing collective opportunities. The EAC is a community where nations come together to harness their combined strength for the betterment of all citizens.
The hashtag “#JumuiyaNiSisi” and the mention of “#EALA” and “#eastafricacommunity” in her statement underscore the shared belief that the East African community is about “us” – all member states and their citizens working together for a brighter future. It is a reminder of the unity that underpins the EAC’s vision.
In conclusion, the consultative meeting held between Cabinet Secretary Peninah Malonza and the EALA MPs demonstrates Kenya’s unwavering commitment to the East African Community’s objectives.
It is a clear sign that regional cooperation and integration are at the forefront of their agenda. As East African nations continue their journey towards a brighter and more prosperous future, such collaborative efforts will undoubtedly be the driving force behind their success.