The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) is working on two bills that seek to boost the campaign against gender violence, and curb corruption in the region. East African Gender Equality and Development Bill sailed through the First Reading when the House sat in Arusha, Tanzania on 4th February 2016. The EAC Integrity and Anti-Corruption Bill will be introduced in the Assembly soon.
The gender bill sponsored by Nancy Abisai, bars EAC member states from discrimination against a person on grounds of gender as one of the cornerstones of good governance. Abisai described that it was “fundamental” to involve both women and men contribution’s in the integration process. The Assembly has forwarded the East African Gender Equality and Development bill to the relevant committee and is now awaiting public hearings to collect views.
Meanwhile, the house granted member Abubakar Zein leave to introduce The EAC Integrity and Anti-Corruption bill which aims to outlaw graft in the region and inculcate integrity within EAC institutions and organs. Members said the bill is long overdue and called on the Partner States to support it.