President Uhuru Kenyatta has been voted chair of the East African Community (EAC).
Uhuru takes over from Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame who has held the position since February 1, 2019.
The voting was conducting this morning during 21st ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State.
Kenyatta will hold the position for a year, as stipulated in the EAC leadership rules.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s Peter Mathuki, Chief Executive, East African Business Council, has been approved as the new EAC Secretary General.
The Council integrates all private sector businesses and associations, in a bid to promote trade and investments within the EAC.
Mathuki was nominated by President Kenyatta, after his name had been floated by the private business sector. Mathuki is revered for his diplomacy and business acumen.
Mr Mathuki trounced other candidates including Sports CS Amina Mohamed, EAC and Regional Development CS Adan Mohammed, and Foreign Affairs CAS Ababu Namwamba.
Mr Mathuki succeeds Burundi’s Libérat Mfumukeko, and will hold the position for the next five years.