By Prosper Makene, Dar es Salaam
Azania Post just found out from several official sources in Lusaka, Zambia, that COMESA Secretary General Sindiso N. Ngwenya will be leaving his post as COMESA Secretary General on 30 June 2018.
In a letter dated 30 May 2018 and entitled End of Mandate, COMESA Secretary General Sindiso informs ministers and Heads of States from COMESA members states that he will cease his functions and responsibilities as COMESA Secretary General come 30 June 2018.
The letter develops two important details, the reason of his departure as well as a personal regret.
COMESA Secretary General Sindiso's letter revealed to Azania Post on Monday June 4, 2018
According to the document, COMESA Secretary General Sindiso explains that his mandate has come to end in virtue of article 17, sub-paragraph 1 of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Treaty.
Article states that “Secretary General of the Common Market shall be appointed by the Authority to serve in such office for a term of five years and shall be eligible for reappointment for a further term of five years.”
Second key detail of the transcript, is that COMESA Secretary General Sindiso N. Ngwenya expresses his regret for his sudden departure from COMESA without being able to attend the upcoming Council of ministers which precedes the COMESA Heads of States and Governments Summit due for July 2018.
Appointed Secretary General of COMESA in May 2008, is his sudden departure part of normal COMESA separation procedures or is it a forced and diplomatic way of paying the price for working with foreign influences (forbidden by article 17, sub-paragraph 6 of COMESA Treaty) in his many attempts to postpone and relocate the 20th COMESA Summit from Burundi?
Azania Post will continue monitoring the progress and motives behind this historical and everlasting 20th COMESA Summit saga.
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