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Uganda’s Museveni vows to solve Burundi Crisis

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President Yoweri Kaguta  Museveni of Uganda has come out and clearly started that the Burundi crisis will number be one on his agenda once he takes over as the chairman of the East African.

The East African strongman who is attending the Somalia conference in London further said that the East African region cannot give up on Burundi despite the central African nation and member of the regional bloc adopting a casual approach to regional affairs.

“We need a consensus on Burundi as a region. When I take up the chair of EAC at the next summit, I will raise this issue so that we can have a decision. We should never neglect any opportunity for dialogue. We need to ease tensions with regional players,” Museveni said yesterday after a meeting with Frances’ Director for Africa and Indian Ocean Remi Marechau and its envoy to the Great Lakes region Sophie Makame in London.

There has been a growing concern over the political situation in Burundi, the lack of progress in implementing a 2016 resolution and the lack of engagement by the Government of Burundi.

He further said that with him as the mediator and former Tanzanian President Jakiyi Kikwete as the facilitator Burundi’s problem will be solved during his tenure as the head the East African Bloc.

Burundi’s misgivings against the region started in May 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza, who was in Tanzania for an EAC summit was dramatically ‘overthrown’ in a coup led by Godefroid Niyombare, an army general he had sacked as intelligence chief in three months earlier.

But soldiers loyal to Nkurunziza led by Army Chief of Staff Gen Prime Niyongabo mounted a fight-back that defeated the coup attempt and Nkurunziza returned home after a day in a secret location believed to have been Kampala.

Since then, Burundi has chosen to smother the smoldering smoke from its house as reports of human rights abuses continue to lump against the Nkurunziza government.

The Bujumbura establishment blames its woes on the neighbouring Kigali government, who vehemently deny destabilising Burundi.

 

 

 

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