Dr Richard Sezibera is now the new EAC secretary general. Dr. Sezibera was sworn in on Tuesday during the on-going EAC Heads of State Summit in Dar-e-salaam, Tanzania by the Registrar of the East African Court of Justice, Dr John Ruhangisa. Dr. Sezibera was before this appointment in charge of the health ministry. He is succeeding Juma Mwapachu from Tanzania. The Secretary General is appointed by the Summit upon nomination by the relevant Head of State under the principle of rotation and in this case, it was Rwanda’s turn.
This was in line with the specifications of the EAC which state that upon the appointment of the Secretary General the Partner State from which he or she is appointed shall forfeit the post of Deputy Secretary General.
The Secretary General is the principal executive officer of the Community and is: the head of the Secretariat; the Accounting Officer of the Community; the Secretary of the Summit; and carries out such other duties as are given to him by the Treaty or by the Council from time to time. The Secretary General serves a fixed five year term.