Mistrust, cries of unfairness as states fall out over EAC job vacancies

East African Community offices

East African Community offices in Arusha, Tanzania. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Proposals on way forward

  • Tanzania and Burundi say the recruitment should proceed in accordance with the Staff Rules and Regulations, 2006.
  • South Sudan and Rwanda said the recruitment process should be handled by the Commission to ensure transparency of the process and to avoid conflict of interest.
  • Uganda recommended a seven-member panel, one from the Secretariat and six from the partner states, a proposal that got the support of both Rwanda and Burundi.
  • But Council chairperson Adan Mohamed said that the reasons that warranted the establishment of the Ad hoc Commission persist to date.

A dispute over the distribution of jobs in the organs of the East African Community, which has simmered for close to a decade, came to a head last week when the bloc’s legislative assembly blocked the hiring of House clerks, citing irregularities in the recruitment process.

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