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President Uhuru Kenyatta and other East African Community (EAC) members will no longer attend a meeting in Tanzania that had been scheduled for December 27.
Delivering the news, EAC deputy secretary-general in charge of production and social sectors Christophe Bazivamo confirmed that the community had postponed the 20th summit.
“It is now official. The summit will not take place on December 27,” stated Bazivamo.
It is, however, unclear when the meeting will take place but media reports hinted that it will likely be rescheduled for February or March 2019.
Bazivamo further explained that the date will be issued to member states at a later date.
“The presidents have been consulting and keep on consulting over this,” he continued.
This was the second time the meeting was being postponed having been originally scheduled to take place on November 30.
The summit brings together presidents from East Africa region including those from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.
The constant cancellations of the summit indicate a widening rift among countries of EAC with Kenya and Tanzania’s relations having deteriorated since President Pombe Magufuli assumed office in 2015.
Rwanda and Burundi have also had wrangles over security threats and trade accusations.
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