Three COMESA senior staff have left the organization after serving their contracts /attaining the mandatory retirement age of 60 years. They are Mr. George Lipimile, the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the COMESA Competition Commission, Mr Brian Chigawa, Director of Legal and Institutional Affairs, and Mr Innocent Makwiramiti, Senior Private Sector Development Officer
Mr Lipimile (Zambia) and Mr Makwiramiti (Zimbabwe) retired, while Mr Chigawa (Malawi) left after serving his full 12-year term as Director as provided for in the staff rules and regulations.
The COMESA Secretariat bid farewell to the three at a virtual send-off ceremony on Thursday 18 February 2021. The former staff were commended for their exemplary contribution to the COMESA regional integration agenda.
“You each played an important role to drive the COMESA agenda far and wide and through your hard work, we saw many programmes being implemented which have greatly benefitted the region,” Secretary General Chileshe Kapwepwe said.
The ceremony was attended by a cross section of staff and the two Assistant Secretaries General (ASG) for Programmes, and Administration and Finance Amb. Dr Kipyego Cheluget and Dr Dev Haman Respectively. The two ASGs commended the three staff for their consistent drive to ensure that COMESA programmes were implemented and the region made a mark on the continent.
They urged them to continue being ambassadors of COMESA in their next phase of life. Former colleagues in attendance wished them well in their future endevours.