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Text of report by Tanzanian newspaper The Guardian website on 19 April; subheadings inserted editorially
The mood of the Tanzanian parliament has been considerably fouled, some of its members questioning Kenya's sincerity as a partner in the East African Community (EAC), as a consequence of which ratification of its envisaged Common Market may be derailed or slowed down.
At the centre of the anger is the accusation that the country's neighbour to the north peddled negative propaganda that led to the recent decision by the Convention Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) to reject Tanzania's plea to sell 100 tonnes of stockpiled ivory.
At least eight of the twelve contributors during a seminar for members of parliament in Dodoma yesterday, said Tanzania should not ratify the EAC Common Market protocol, arguing that all east African countries except Burundi supported Kenya. Tanzania is expected to ratify the protocol for the establishment of the East …