South Sudan will officially become a member of the East African Community (EAC) at a ceremony in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam on Friday, April 15.
According to an EAC release, Presidents Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan and Tanzania’s Dr John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, the Chairperson of the East African Community Heads of State Summit, will sign the Treaty of Accession of the Republic of South Sudan into the East African Community (EAC).
At their 17th Ordinary Summit held on March 2, 2016 in Arusha, Tanzania, the EAC Heads of State received the report of the Council of Ministers on the negotiations for the admission of South Sudan and then designated President Magufuli to sign the Treaty of Accession.
The sixth member of the EAC, South Sudan is currently embroiled in acrimonious fallout between President Kiir and his erstwhile Vice President Dr Riek Machar Teny.
The two leaders disagreed mid December 2013 but have since gone on to sign a peace deal that is expected to return sanity to the troubled country, where tens of thousands have been killed and more than two million internally displaced.