The EAC Secretary General, Hon, Amb Liberat Mfumukeko, this afternoon took Oath of Allegiance as an Ex-Officio of the Assembly as the 6th Meeting of the 4th Session commenced in Arusha, Tanzania this afternoon.
Amb Hon Liberat Mfumukeko was sworn in by the Clerk to the Assembly in a brief ceremony witnessed by the Speaker and Members of EALA in line with the Rule 5 of the Rules and Procedures of the Assembly. The Rule 5(4) of the Rules of Procedure say in part that: “No Member can sit or participate in the proceedings of the House until the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance to the Treaty is taken”.
Rule 5(5) specifically states that “when a Member first attends to take his or her seat other than at the first sitting of a new House, he or she shall be brought to the table by two Members and presented by them to the Speaker who shall then administer the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance”.
Hon Mfumukeko was ushered in to the House by EALA Members, Hon Isabelle Ndahayo and Hon Hafsa Mossi. Amb. Hon Mfumukeko was appointed during the February 2016 Summit of EAC Heads of State to replace Amb Hon Dr Richard Sezibera. Prior to the appointment as Secretary General, Hon. Mfumukeko was the Deputy Secretary General, Finance and Administration at the EAC.
Amb. Hon Liberat Mfumukeko has over twenty one years’ work experience in both private and public sector. Prior to joining the EAC, Hon Amb Mfumukeko was the Director General of the Burundi Electricity and Water National Company between 2013 to 2015 and President of the Steering Committee of the East African Power Pool.
He has served as a Senior Advisor to the President of the Republic of Burundi in charge of Economic Affairs (2012-2013) and as Director General of the Burundi Investment Promotion Authority (2009-2012)
Amb. Hon Mfumukeko served as an Economic Expert at the United Nations – UNDP and FAO from 2006 to 2009 and also in various companies in the USA and France including Banque Populaire (France), EDF GDF – Electricite de France (France) and American Express, Mobil Oil, FUBU, Karl Kani (USA).
Amb. Hon Mfumukeko, who is a Doctoral Studies candidate (Doctoral studies in Business Administration – DBA) at Atlantic University holds a BSC and Masters Degree in Economics (Université Francois Rabelais of Tours – France), and an MBA from Clark University in the USA. He has attended several training programs in Change Management and International Business at Harvard University and at the MIT in USA.