The EAC (East African Community) has postponed its head of states summit due to a lack of quorum. According to a report from the community, one member out of the six members was not available.
East African Community consists of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The meeting initially set for November 30 in Arusha will now wait for January or February 2020, depending on the decision of the members.
Reports from EAC claim that Burundi requested the EAC to defer the summit.
The postponement comes at a time when the organization faces cash shortages owing to shrunken contributions from members.
According to The East African, EAC has stalled various programs as a result of low budget support from members. For instance, South Sudan and Rwanda have been the main defaulters in the commission. As a result, Kenya and Tanzania, the community’s best remitters, show signs of displeasure evident in slow payments.
The community is approximately $100 million in arrears for the year 2018/2018, emanating from slow payments and defaulters.
Apart from slow contributions, the EAC also faces problems among its members, such as salty diplomatic relationships. Diplomatic relationships between Uganda and Rwanda are on the rocks, owing to allegations of foul play from both sides, punctuated by diplomatic protests.