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Byline: Charles Onyango-Obbo
Three weeks ago the East African Common Market came into effect. The EAC partners - Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda - are supposed to kick away all barriers to trade, and the free movement of workers, capital and services.
Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki was, happily, impatient. On July 1 he announced a waiver of work permit and passport fees for all East African citizens. In doing so, Kibaki joined Rwanda that scrapped all work permit requirements for all East Africans nearly three years ago.
However, not all East Africans are impressed. Their response has been that the East African Common Market will only benefit fat cat business people and professionals - like lawyers. I was asked pointedly …