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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Ex-Ugandan minister approved EAC deputy secretary general

30th April 2012
Jessica Eriyo

The East African Community (EAC) Heads of State has approved former Ugandan Minister Jessica Eriyo as Deputy Secretary General (in charge of Political Federation) effective from today.

Eriyo replaces Beatrice Kiraso, also from Uganda, who served in the same position since her appointment by the EAC Heads of State in April 2006.

In a joint communiqué of the Heads of State, who met in Arusha during the 10th extraordinary meeting, the summit commended Kiraso, who was completing her term of office as deputy secretary general of the regional bloc for her exemplary service during the past six years.

“The summit wishes Kiraso well in her future endeavours,” the communiqué read in part.

In most cases, EAC Deputy Secretaries General serve a three-year term, renewable only once.

Kiraso has repeatedly called for an active role of political parties in the formation of a political union for the region, saying without political parties, the whole idea is doomed to failure.

The summit also re-appointed Burundian Jean Claude Nsengiyumva as Deputy Secretary General (Social and Productive Sector). The summit also directed the secretary general to deploy deputy secretary generals to different departments.

During the meeting the Heads of State also adopted in principle a destination model of clearance of goods where assessment and collection of revenue is at the first point of entry and revenues are remitted to the destination partner states subject to the fulfilment of key pre-conditions to be developed by the high level task force.

The summit directed the council to initiate its operationalisation and report progress at the 14th ordinary summit in November, this year.

On the application of South Sudan to join the regional bloc, the summit considered the report of the council of ministers on the application of the newly Republic of South Sudan to join the EAC.

“The summit noted that the council has initiated a verification process of the application. The summit directed the council to expedite this process and report at the 14th ordinary summit in November, this year.”

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