The East African heads of state summit scheduled for 30 November has been postponed due to the lack of a quorum.
The official correspondence from the Rwandan Minister of State in charge of East African Community (EAC) Affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe, said a new date in January or February next year will be communicated after consultations among EAC leaders.
According to the EAC Secretariat, the body’s administrative wing, this was in response to a request by “one of the partner states” due to their unavailability on the said date.
The EAC is made up of six partner states – Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
The rescheduling comes at a time when the EAC Secretariat has expressed concerns about low budget support by member states, which has slowed or halted some development programmes.
Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania rank higher when it comes to paying their fees, while South Sudan and Burundi have been listed as the main defaulters.
The regional leaders last met in February 2019 but previous meetings have been beset by a lack of quorum.
The regional bloc has also been riven by trade and border disputes since the last meeting – the most contentious being that between Uganda and Rwanda.