East African leaders end property standoff.

Position:Regional integration - East African Community - Brief article

An agreement by East African Community (EAC) presidents has broken a long-running impasse bogging down finalisation of a regional common market.

A major sticking point hinged upon whether or not EAC residents should have the right to own property in any EAC territory, comprising Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. The problem was Tanzania, where all land is owned by the state and users of it are given tenure rather than permanent ownership.

A presidential summit in Arusha earlier this year agreed to leave the decision to the governments concerned. Another contentious point was whether or not...

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