April 19 (Bloomberg) -- 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.
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