I was ranting online [Twitter to be exact ] about how I was not being able to get a visa for Senegal online ahead of a Youth Consultation meet in Dakar when a conversation began to happen. Uganda does not have a Senegal Consulate or Embassy in Uganda that allows one traveling there to get a visa. Neither do most of the African nations, and yet we need to get a visa. Ivory Coast, Namibia, SierraLeone are some of the other countries need visas for Ugandan before entry into them.
Sovereignty is the responsibility to protect. It refers to the authority, or sense of entitlement, deriving from the right of people to protect themselves, either individually or by seeking the safety of numbers. The proper function of a sovereign entity is protection and preservation of life of its citizens.
According to the African Union Front, an organization that works to advance African Union sovereignty and freedom in the region: sovereignty means the absolute power of a people to govern themselves, free from interference by other sovereign nations. A sovereign nation is a distinct political entity that has power over a specific geographical area. As a practical matter, however, no nation in the world today is completely independent. Economic and political factors also encourage and necessitate governmental interdependency. Would this explain the 'lapse' in the region? More theory and less practice?