The East African Community summit that was scheduled for 29, February has been canceled for the second time in a row over unclear circumstances.
The summit was canceled over the ongoing tensions between Rwanda and Uganda as well as lack of Quorum.
Quorum for the EAC Heads of State Summit is attained when all partner states are represented, according to Rule 11 of the Rules of Procedure. This is in consonance with decision making by consensus under Article 12 of the Treaty.
This development comes hours after South Sudan informed the EAC secretariat in Arusha that they would not be able to attend the summit over internal transition preparations in Juba.
This is after South Sudan, one of the member states informed the Secretariat in Arusha that they will not be available for the 29th February scheduled summit to internal preparations regarding a transition in Juba.
A statement from the EAC secretariat reads in part that The 21st Meeting of the Summit of the EAC Heads of State has been postponed to a later date reads in part including the 41st Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers that was scheduled to take place from 25th to 27th February 2020 at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha.
Among issues that were to be discussed at the 21st EAC Heads of State Summit was a review of the four pillars of the bloc: The Customs Union, Common Market, Monetary Union, and Political Confederation as a transition to the Political Federation.
Last year, President Paul Kagame called off the summit saying that it was a decision that had been taken after a request by a President in the region but reports later indicated that the summit was called off due to tensions between Uganda and Rwanda.