The hearing on cost in Reference No.8 of 2016 Castro Pius Shirima v The Attorney General of the Republic of Burundi & 6 Others will be tomorrow Wednesday 20th March 2019 from 9:30 am.
The Applicant sought for Court orders to stop the remaining Partner States of the East African Community (EAC) – Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda and South Sudan from signing the EPA for reasons that, the Agreement poses many risks to the region.
By the time the case was filed, Kenya and Rwanda had signed the Agreement with the European Union.
It was the Applicants case inter alia that, the signing of the EPA by Kenya and Rwanda violated the letters, spirit and/or the objectives, operational principles of the Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC.
Further that, the ratification of the EPA by Kenya is against the principle of mutual trust and sovereign equality, and it constitutes a violation of the provisions of EAC Treaty.
That, the signing of the EPA by the EAC constitutes a violation of the letters, spirits, objectives and operational principles and functions of the EAC Treaty. Further that, the whole process of negotiation of the EPA has never been participatory hence constituted a violation of the provisions of the EAC Treaty.
Before the Reference was heard the Applicant filed an Application seeking for an injunction to stop the EAC Partner States which had not signed the EPA Agreement not to sign the same and those who had signed, to stop them from carrying out any further procedures and processes.
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Representatives of the Parties
Applicant: Mr Moto Matiko Mabange
1st Respondent: Mr Nestor Kayobera
2nd Respondent: Mr Kepha Onyiso & Mr Maurice Ogosso
3rd Respondent: Mr Nicholas Ntarugera
4th Respondent: Absent
5th Respondent: Mr Mark Mulwambo & Mr David Kakwaya
6th Respondent: Mr Elisha Bafirawala, Mr Gerald Batanda & Ms Sylvia Cheptoris
7th Respondent: Mr Stephen Agaba
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