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Kenya's Dominance in the East African Community

Dec 5, 2013 | 11:33 GMT
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni (C) arrives at Munyonyo resort Hotel in Kampala on Nov. 30, to attend the 15th Ordinary Summit of the East African Community Heads of State.
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni (C) arrives at Munyonyo resort Hotel in Kampala on Nov. 30, to attend the 15th Ordinary Summit of the East African Community Heads of State.
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Kenya is positioning itself to become the dominant power in the emerging East African Community, which includes Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi in addition to Kenya itself. On Nov. 30, the heads of state of the five member countries signed a monetary union protocol, the third of four steps that could lead to a politically unified East African Federation. As a regional export and financial hub, Kenya has been fundamental to this process. However, Nairobi wants to reinforce its position as a gateway into East Africa and wield greater political power within the community -- and ultimately, the federation....

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