Kenya’s charismatic leader,His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the East African Community. The President has also served as the African Union chairman.
On January 10th, President Kenyatta accepted an invitation to become a champion of the African Union culture and the arts program.
The President agreed to take up the new role after receiving a special message from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali who was recently elected to lead the continent’s culture and the arts agenda.
Kenyatta will take over the EAC chairmanship from President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. The seat is usually held on a rotational basis between the member countries.
During the summit, Dr. Peter Mutuku Mathuki was appointed as the new Secretary-General of the community for a five-year non-renewable term.
Mutuku’s tenure will take effect on April 25
The agenda of the meeting was giving a progress report of the EAC ministers for the period of 2019 to 2020, giving a progress report on the verification exercise for the admission of the FR of Somalia into the EAC and the appointment of the new Secretary-General and judges to the East African Court of Justice.
The EAC is an organization composed of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
The organization was founded in 1967 and it collapsed in 1977 due to disagreements between member states. The organization was later on revived on July 7, 2000.
In 2008, the EAC agreed to expand its free trade area to cater to member countries of South African Development Community(SADC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa(COMESA). This was agreed on after the EAC negotiated with the two regional blocs.
He assumed the Chair of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), a coalition of African Heads of State and Government advancing advocacy efforts, resource mobilization and accountability in the fight against malaria across Africa.
President Kenyatta is ALMA’s seventh chair and will serve for a two-year term, from February 2020 to February 2022. He took over from His Majesty King Mswati III, of the Kingdom of Eswatini.
His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of the Republic of Kenya, said: “I am honored to take over this role as ALMA Chair. Significant gains have been made in the battle against malaria and progress needs to be accelerated. As we enter the decade to end malaria, I am committed to ensuring that we accelerate progress and end this ancient scourge! At the heart of Africa’s Agenda 2063: the Africa We Want, is improved health outcomes so that our people and economies continue to grow.”