The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) resumed business on Wednesday at its Chambers in Arusha, and passed three key resolutions.
The resolutions that saw the light of day included a motion urging Partner States to assist girls with sanitary pads and hygienic facilities in schools, pay tribute to the Rotary International for their humanitarian services and finally calling EAC Partner States to take concerted actions to end the killings of elephants and ivory trafficking.....
....Meanwhile the resolution on halting the killings of elephants and ivory trafficking was presented by AbuBakr Ogle who noted that investment in wildlife law enforcement was inadequate to deal with emerging threats as a result of increase of criminal cartels.
He said the region has a role to play in halting the trade, “no African elephant range is immune to the ongoing killings of elephants to feed the ivory demand in the Far East…a workable solution to the crisis is needed.”
The legislators welcomed the creation of the International Consortium for Combating Wildlife Crime involving the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Interpol and the World Bank among others and noted the importance of realising the set targets.
Patricia Hajabakiga, Adam Kimbisa, Joseph Kiangoi, the Counsel to the Community, Wilbert Kaahwa and Shem Bageine.
The resolution thus called on EAC Partner States to categorise elephant poaching and ivory trafficking as an economic crime and a national and regional crisis.
They said it is important for EAC Partner States to co-operate to identify wildlife crime hotspots and conduct coordinated investigations and undertake joint crackdown on corruption while eliminating any corrupt tendencies that abet poaching of elephants for their ivory.
In this regard, EALA urged EAC Partner States to scale up engagement with regional and global enforcement agencies in order to crack down on key cartels and continue to use services provided by the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) comprising UNODC, CITES, Interpol, WCO, World Bank and Caucus Foundation (ICCF) among others. More (deleted, non-relevant material)....