East African Community Names Rwandan as Secretary-General

The East African Community appointed Rwandan Health Minister Richard Sezibera as its new secretary-general, replacing Tanzania’s Juma Mwapachu, whose five-year term ends this month.

Sezibera’s deputy will be Enos Bukuku, deputy governor of the Bank of Tanzania, according to a statement read today at an EAC summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.

Sezibera is currently a member of the board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, which is co-funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The EAC post of secretary-general is a rotational position among Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, the bloc’s partner states. Rwanda and Burundi, which joined the community in June 2007, hadn’t previously headed the organization.

To contact the reporter on this story: David Malingha Doya in Dar es Salaam via Nairobi at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net.

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