EAC deportations spell trouble for integration


By IVAN R. MUGISHA
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Deportation of migrants across the East African Community member states has caused a stir, with complaints that the crackdown contravenes the protocol that promotes free movement of people and labour within the bloc.

Experts now warn that such deportations — conducted by governments against EAC citizens — point to a failure of member states to align their national laws with EAC protocols.

“The EAC protocol is supposed to be greater than national laws, but the countries have refused to recognise that. The spirit of integration and free movement of labour is being damaged by nationalism and protectionism,” Tom Mulisa, a PhD researcher on EAC integration constitutional law told The EastAfrican.

Member states in 2009 adopted an EAC protocol on free…

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