Former Tanzanian president Benjamin William Mkapa has been appointed new facilitator of the ongoing Burundi negotiations to replace Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni.
Mkapa was appointed today at the on 17th Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State in Arusha Tanzania replacing Mr Museveni who was last month dropped following his victory in the highly disputed February 18 presidential elections.
At the summit, Mr Liberat Mfumukeko, a Burundian national was also named the new Secretary General (S.G) effective April 2016.
South Sudan was also finally admitted in the EAC after it applied to join the community soon after it gained independence in July 2011.
That year, the community rejected the application of Khartoum, citing its poor democratic record, religious freedom and open gender discrimination.
For South Sudan, the process also stalled due to what diplomats said was the country’s institutional weakness.
In February this year, Juba defended its desire to join the community, saying issues of democracy and human rights could be grown within the EAC.