DR. JEAN KASEYA – Newly Appointed Director General of the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Congolese Dr. Jean Kaseya, 53, was chosen on Saturday February 18 in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to head the African Center for Disease Surveillance and Prevention (CDC).
It was voted on by the Heads of State of the African Union (AU). He replaces the Cameroonian Nkengasong in this position.
The candidacy of Dr Jean Kaseya was presented by the President of the DRC, Felix Tshisekedi.
It then went through a technical selection of 180 candidates at the start, then two in the final phase. The Congolese was preferred to his Guinean competitor.
Thus, Dr. Jean Kaseya takes the head of the CDC, after a long secret diplomatic struggle led for 6 months by President Félix Tshisekedi, specifies a press release from the presidential communication cell, published on Saturday.
“It was a long battle that started in June. It was President Tshisekedi who believed in us, with his entire government and we thank them very much. There were 180 candidates in total, there were two candidates left, and the African heads of state voted in our favour. This means that it is an active, aggressive diplomacy which has not put the Head of State to sleep, and Minister Lutundula, and all the other members of the government who have supported us”, confirmed the new boss of the Africa CDC.
This 53-year-old Congolese doctor says he is proud of the Congolese nation. A country that has an active diplomacy must place people at a high level of international organizations, he points out.
“During this moment that our country is going through with the crisis in the East, as we know, it gives hope to say that our diplomacy is moving forward, it is something very encouraging”, concludes Dr Jean Kaseyah.
This post of number 1 of the CDC is the largest permanent function that the DRC occupies to date in the pan-African organization AU, after the passage of Gérard Kamanda as secretary general of the AU then OUA in 1972.
The CDC is Africa’s largest health organization based in Addis Ababa. She has been very active in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.