On Friday November 30, the 9th East African Community [EAC] inter-parliamentary games kicked off in Bujumbura, Burundi.
Participants are drawn from the members countries of the Community. Present are Members of Parliament from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan parliaments and the East African Legislative Assembly [EALA].
Hosts Burundi are also taking part in the games that run till 10 December 2018.
The games opened with a friendly curtain raiser game between Hallelujah FC led by Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and an EAC Select Side.
The match kicked off at Bujumbura Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium and ended with Nkurunziza’s team defeating EAC select side 4-1.
The Leader of Opposition in the Ugandan parliament, Betty Aol Ocan with and Susan Nakawuki, the chairperson of the Joint Planning Committee were part of the pre-tournament conference.
“We are having challenges with funding at EALA. We ask the respective parliaments to remit their contributions to the regional parliament,” Nakawuki said at the conference.
She said EAC games are an opportunity for strengthening the EAC integration process.
Also present were the Speaker of Kenyan Assembly Rt Hon JB Muturi and Speaker of Burundi Parliament Rt Hon Pascal Nyabenda.
The EAC Bunge [parliament] Games are being held under the theme: “Accelerating a people-centred EAC by connecting Parliamentarians and citizens through Sports”.
Kenyan speaker Muturi on his part said he hopes all who are here take a more interest in deepening, strengthening and widening the EAC integration.
“We thank Burundi for stepping in to host the EAC games.”