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Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro elected president of regional assembly

By ROSELYNE OBALA | Jan 24th 2015 | 2 min read

Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro, has been elected the sitting President of the Forum of Parliaments of Member States of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), for a period of one year.

Mr Ethuro takes over from Pie Ntavyohanyuma, who is also the Speaker of the Parliament of Burundi. ICGLR is an assembly of parliaments from 12 States of the Great Lakes region.

Ethuro assumed office at the end of the Fifth Ordinary Plenary Assembly of the ICGLR conference held in Nairobi.

The two-day event, held at Laico Regency, explored a myriad of issues affecting the region. The 145 participants drawn from Zambia, Rwanda, Burundi, Central African Republic, Angola, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya came up with some binding resolutions.

Ethuro pledged to work closely with the member States to ensure the resolutions are implemented.

“Regional peace and stability is important in addressing the challenges faced such as insecurity, climate change, poverty and gender based violence among others,” he said Ethuro.

The ICGLR president challenged regional Parliament to come up with legislations to domesticate the agreed protocols, which will lead to sanctions against those who go contrary.

Ethuro welcomed Angola to the Forum and pledged to bring on board other regional States.

Ntavyohanyuma noted that the meeting’s declaration will have far reaching implications in the region and was optimistic that the President will execute the task.

“Implementation of the resolutions is geared towards ending conflicts in the region,” he said.

ICGLR Executive Secretary Ntumba Luaba singled out security (terrorism), youth unemployment, exploitation of natural resources as key matters they discussed. “We have agreed to come up with useful networks to promote security and development in the region. We specifically dwelt on the security situation in Central Africa Republic, South Sudan and the Eastern part of DRC,” he said.

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