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Rwandan to succeed Mwapachu as EAC top boss

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    IT'S now official. A Rwandan will succeed Ambassador Juma Mwapachu as the fourth Secretary General of the five-nation East African Community (EAC) this month.

    "Rwanda will nominate the next Secretary General of EAC. I won't mention the name but he is a man of stature," disclosed Ambassador Mwapachu during the 17th Rwanda genocide commemorative anniversary marked here on Thursday.

    The disclosure puts an end to speculation that Kenya would vie for the post. The new Secretary General is expected to be sworn in during the Summit of the EAC Heads of State to be held in Dar es Salam on April 19.

    A Tanzanian will also be appointed to become a Deputy Secretary of the EAC in charge of planning and infrastructure to replace Mr Alloys Mutabingwa, an EAC source told the independent East African News Agency (EANA).

    Mutabingwa will relinquish the post by virtue of a Rwandan taking over the position of the Secretary General. The EAC was revived in 1999 and Rwanda and Burundi joined economic bloc in 2007.

    Earlier, Ambassador Mwapachu commended Rwanda under the leadership of President Paul Kagame, for having brought hope and prosperity to its people after the 1994 genocide.

    Ambassador Mwapachu was the chief guest at the occasion also attended by members of diplomatic missions, staff members of UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, EAC and friends of Rwanda.

    "Never again shall genocide happen. There is no revenge more complete than forgiveness," he told the more than 1,000 guests at the Arusha International Conference Centre.

    The April-July 1994 blood-bath claimed the lives of about 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

    Source: East African News Agency