Following the appointment of the new Deputy Secretary General for East African Community from Rwanda, Mr Christophe Bazivamo, the Arusha-based Regional Parliament has written to Kigali, asking his replacement at the East African Legislative Assembly.
Mr Bazivamo was appointed by the EAC Heads of State Summit during their 17th Extra-Ordinary Meeting held in Dar-es-salaam on September 8. Last weekend, the EAC Secretary General Ambassador Libérat Mfumukeko received the new Deputy Secretary General who will now be in charge of Finance and Administration.
The Speaker of the Assembly Hon Daniel Kidega has declared the vacancy and written to the Speaker of the Parliament of Rwanda to promptly send in his replacement. The Parliament of Rwanda shall elect a new Member to fill Hon Bazivamo’s seat in the regional parliament.
Hon Bazivamo resigned shortly thereafter in a letter to the Speaker of the Assembly, Hon Daniel Fred Kidega. “Aware of the fact that in accordance with article 50(d) of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community, I cannot serve at the same time as Member of Parliament of the East African Legislative Assembly and as Deputy Secretary General of the Community, I hereby submit my resignation as a Member of EALA, to allow me serve fully as Deputy Secretary General of the East African Community,” the letter of resignation reads in part.
At EALA, Hon Bazivamo was Chairperson of the Agriculture, Tourism and Natural Resources Committee as at time of his appointment as Deputy Secretary General He also served in different Ministerial positions in Rwanda including the Lands, Environment, Forestry, Water and Mines Ministry, that of Local Government and has also served as Minister for Internal Affairs. He is also the current Vice President of the RPF/ Inkotanyi, the ruling political organization in Rwanda.
Hon Bazivamo was elected to EALA in 2011 to take over from Hon Damien Habumuryemi who was appointed Minister for Education in a Cabinet reshuffle. Mr Habumuryemi would then be appointed the Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, a position he served until he was replaced by Rt Hon Anastase Murekezi.
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