ARUSHA,Tanzania – The House has passed a Resolution according special thanks to Hon Shem Bageine, Minister of State for the EAC in the Republic of Uganda, for his exemplary performance as Chairperson of the Council of Ministers.
The Resolution moved by Hon Valerie Nyirahabineza, noted that Hon Bageine represented his people and the citizens of the EAC in the last one year with maximum dedication and commitment. During the period of service as Chair of the Council of Ministers (Nov 30th, 2012 – Nov 30th, 2013), the Minister made invaluable contribution to the advancement of the integration process.
The Resolution recognizes Hon Shem Bageine’s commitment to enhance regional integration and his leadership style that has helped to hasten the process of regional integration.The Resolution avers that Hon Bageine competently steered Council business within the Assembly, answering questions put before Council, introducing Council Bills and debating important Bills and assisting in the passage of Bills before the House.
It further appreciates Hon Bageine’s role in the EAC Monetary Union negotiations by inspiring Members of the High Level Task Force to fast-track the negotiations on the Protocol and his personal commitment.
“EALA appreciates his outstanding contribution as the Chairperson of EAC Council of Ministers as the Chairperson of the EAC Council of Ministers on the EAC major projects including the fight against Non Tariff Barriers and assignment of specific tasks to Ministers” the Resolution reads in part.
During debate, Members hailed the Minister for his energetic approach, selflessness and sincerity. “You could take his word which many times was equivalent to a ‘One Million dollar cheque’ to the bank”, Hon Kimbisa said.
The Resolution was further supported by Hon Shy-Rose Bhanji, Hon Joseph Kiangoi, Hon Mumbi Ngaru, Hon Emmanuel Nengo, Hon Dora Byamukama, Hon Adam Kimbisa and Hon Susan Nakawuki. Others were Hon Chris Opoka, Hon AbuBakr Ogle, Hon Twaha Taslima, Hon Peter Mathuki, Hon Nusura Tiperu, Hon Hafsa Mossi and Hon Abubakar Zein
The Members further welcomed on board the new Chair of Council of Ministers, Hon Phyllis J. Kandie. “You have the support of the whole House and we shall continue to collaborate closely with the Council”, they added.