Briefing Paper

Fast Tracking East African Political Federation: A View from Uganda

“The decision by the summit in 2004 to institute studies on fast tracking East African Political Federation (EAPF) has rekindled debate on the project integration in the region, an issue which has eluded the people of East Africa since the 1960s. The trajectory of integration in East Africa is clouded with underlying sociocultural, econo-political and religio-linguistic differentiations that have to be addressed to ensure the durability and consolidation of the project. The purpose of the policy brief is twofold. Firstly, it puts into proper perspective, the views of Ugandans on the question of fast tracking political federation envisaged by the summit. Secondly, it identifies and analyses the main concerns raised by Ugandans on political integration and provides what they consider to be viable recommendations relevant for the project.”