Stretched by a raging civil conflict, the South Sudan government has asked leaders of the East African Community to delay its admission into the bloc. The newest nation on earth asked for time to consult.
In a joint communiqué issued on April 30 at the end of the 12th Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State of the EAC member countries held at Arusha International Conference Centre in Tanzania, it was reported that South Sudan requested the EAC to postpone the process of its inclusion until September 2014 “to allow the country time to do more consultations on the matter”.
South Sudan applied to join the community shortly after its independence in 2011, but the application has met with some resistance from Ugandan traders and human rights activists. It is, however, believed that the latest postponement is because of the rebellion currently ravaging the country.