Burundian Liberat Mfumukeko is a new EAC Chief

By ADAM IHUCHA --- Liberat Mfumukeko is a new Secretary general of the expanding East African Community.
The little known Mfumukeko replaces Richard Sezibera from Rwanda, who will step down in April 2016 after five years at the helm of EAC.

After being appointed by the EAC heads of states he sworn in as the new SG, but would wait until April 2016 to assume duties at the Arusha-based Secretariat.

Mr Mfumukeko who becomes the first Burundian secretary general of the EAC since his country join the region in 2007, is a current deputy secretary general of EAC in charge of Finance and Administration.

He was appointed to the post during the leaders’ Summit in Nairobi in February 2015. He is quiet man.

Mr. Mfumukeko joined the EAC from another position of leadership – Director General, Burundi Water and Electricity Utility (REGIDESO), the last position he held prior to his appointment as Deputy Secretary General.

Prior to joining the EAC, Mr. Mfumukeko also held the Chairmanship of the Steering Committee of the East African Power Pool (EAPP).

Mr. Mfumukeko brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new position, with vast international experience including the establishment of the Burundi Investment Promotion Authority (API) in 2009.

The Deputy Secretary General boasts international, intercultural and linguistic skills, with fluency in French, English, Kirundi, Kiswahili and Russian as well as having worked in France, Russia, USA, DR Congo, Rwanda, Ivory Coast and Cameroon.
According to the EAC Treaty, the secretary general shall be appointed by the Summit upon nomination by the relevant Head of State under the principle of rotation.

The SG shall be the head of the Secretariat, chief accounting officer of the Community and secretary to the Summit and shall serve for a fixed term of five years.

Dr Sezibera succeed Juma Mwapachu from Tanzania ( 2006 to 2011). Other past SGs were Amanya Mushega from Uganda (2001 - 2006) and Kenya’s Francis Muthaura (1996-2001).



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