President Yoweri Museveni has assumed the chairmanship of the East African Community Saturday at the Heads of State Summit in Dar es Salaam Tanzania.
Museveni will be chairing both the Council of Ministers and at the Summit of Heads of State meetings.
He takes over from Tanzania President John Magufuli.
During his handover speech, Magufuli asked his successor to continue with cost cutting measures, a feat the Tanzania leader is famous for worldwide.
“I failed to find a solution for EAC-EU trade deal but I am optimistic President Museveni will do,” Magufuli said.
He ended by thanking the EAC Secretariat Secretary General, Liberatus Mfumukeko, for his support.
Mfumukeko, in his turn, assured President Museveni that the Secretariat will give him 100 per cent cooperation.
Meanwhile, four presidents of the East African community [EAC] skipped the Summit.
President Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Pierre Nkurunziza (Burundi) and for the first time, Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan, were all absent.
At the summit, Museveni planned to highlight the issue of a joint move to Burundi by the lead facilitator and mediator in an effort to urge all stakeholders to engage in dialogue.
However, the chief negotiator and former Tanzania President, Benjamin Mkapa, reportedly walked out of the summit.