Dr. Richard Sezibera, the medical doctor picked to head the East African Community, has assumed office today.
The new EAC secretary General takes office with a heavy dose of pending agenda to deal with. Dr. Sezibera, who replaced Juma Mwapachu, is expected to preside over a high-level regional symposium in Arusha from Wednesday that has been called to assess the progress made so far in the integration process.
His appointment may have ended months of debate over the region’s top civil service job in a tussle that according to media reports seemed like a tussle between Rwanda and Kenya, but it is what awaits the Rwanda Health Minister that is drawing more focus.
Picking the tab from Mwapachu — a man who will be remembered for spearheading the establishment of the EAC Customs Union and the Common Market — Dr Sezibera will have his job cut out and he seems to know really well what lies ahead as challenges.
However Dr. Sezibera who was speaking exclusively on Contact FM's Crossfire this past Sunday, said that there was need for concerted effort in all partner states and organs of the East African community in implementing all the protocols agreed upon.
Dr Sezibera will oversee the next facets of integration — the Monetary Union and the ultimate Political Federation.