EAC integration

Burundi poorly represented in jobs offered by EAC

During the presentation of 1st term of fiscal year achievement, the minister in charge of the East African Community affairs says there is a kind of exclusion of Burundians in different jobs within the community.

Isabelle Ndahayo: “Burundians exclude themselves because the recruitment is done in fair conditions for all country members”.

Isabelle Ndahayo: “Burundians exclude themselves because the recruitment is done in fair conditions for all country members”.

Isabelle Ndahayo, Minister in charge of the EAC affairs says they have seen that there are very few Burundians working within the EAC. “Until now, Burundi is not well represented in EAC jobs. Burundians exclude themselves because the recruitment is done in fair conditions for all country members”.

She calls on Burundians to apply and share EAC jobs and opportunities to benefit from the integration of their country within the EAC. “There are qualified Burundians who can be recruited and work within the community”.

As for the plea to use French in the recruitment process, Mrs. Ndahayo says this is the next step. “Heads of state have already ruled on this decision but it takes time to be implemented. Therefore, the use of French in recruitment process can’t be allowed until French is adopted as a language of use”.

Mrs. Ndahayo also calls on Burundians to visit the EAC website so as get updates about opportunities available for them.

The Burundian government has threatened to leave the East African Community if the latter does not take into consideration their request to use French as an official language. Bujumbura objects to the systematic use of English in the recruitment of personnel within the EAC arguing that this excludes Burundians who are French speakers.

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