The Secretariat early this year advertised over 50 jobs attracting more than 15,000 applications. However there have been concerns especially from the Ugandan side over unequal distribution of the jobs among the six member states of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi.
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The interview for
several East African Community Secretariat jobs that was planned to commence
from 18th October until 2nd November has been postponed due to lack of quorum.
The Secretariat early this year advertised
over 50 jobs attracting more than 15,000 applications. However there have been
concerns especially from the Ugandan side over unequal distribution of the jobs
among the six member states of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda and
Ugandan legislator Denis Namara has
been at the forefront of questioning this recruitment process, staging walk-outs during
Parliament sessions forcing the Speaker of the House Martin Ngoga to suspend
sittings, while some Ugandans Peter Kigozi an accountant and Bernard Wasswa a
lawyer have run to the east African Court of Justice to stop the process.
The two claim that their chances of
getting a job were slim as the directive of the 42nd Extra-Ordinary EAC Council
of Ministers that the recruitment panel should be composed of at least a representative from each of the partner states was ignored.
Over the weekend, the 1st
Deputy Prime Minster and Minister for East African Affairs Rebecca Kadaga wrote
a letter to the partners that the interviews be deferred
until the matter is sorted out.
She says that EAC partner States agreed that a partner
state must have points in order for its citizens to be considered eligible
candidates and that at the beginning of each recruitment exercise the EAC
Secretariat shall inform each partner state about her balance of weighted
“I therefore reiterate my country's position that there should be no interviews conducted unless and until all the
partner states have been given information about its quota. This will eliminate
the partner states that have exhausted their quotas and therefore ineligible to participate in this exercise,” Kadaga wrote to partners and Peter Mathuki. the Secretary
General of the East African Community.
She said one of the reasons the old East
African community collapsed was disproportionate sharing of the
benefits of the East African community.
Now in a press release
the East African Community says that following successful profiling and
shortlisting, the interviews were set to commence from 18th October to 2nd
November, 2021, but they could not commence as scheduled due to quorum.
The interviews have therefore been postponed to a later date that will be
“The Secretariat made all the arrangements for the shortlisted
candidates to participate in the interviews through the video conferencing
facilities at the Ministries of EAC Affairs in the Partner States,” The statement
It further says that the EAC is committed to providing equal
opportunity for all East Africans.
Some of the contentious positions
include that of the Deputy Clerks of the Assembly.
According to the breakdown at
the secretariat, Rwanda and South Sudan have no staff at the secretariat,
Uganda has two and Burundi has one. Tanzania and Kenya have four and five
Other jobs include
Administrative officers, Human Resource
officers, Communications officers, Health officers, Civil Engineers, Aviation
officers, Research officers among others. 36 Ugandans have been shortlisted for
the over 60 jobs.
Attempts to speak to Rebecca Kadaga and Namara by press time was