Another demonstrator was shot dead in southern Burundi on Monday.
Rights groups report the outbreak of civil unrest outside the capital Bujumbura as Burundians protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term in office.
The protester was killed when local police opened fire on a group of around a hundred demonstrators in Muyange in Bururi province.
Nkurunziza maintains he is qualified to seek another term because his first election came by a vote of parliament and not the voters while locals accuse him of violating the constitution and the Arusha accords.
According to Afrobarometer, 66% of Burundians are against the third term.
EAC leaders prepare another summit on Burundi
At the moment, East African leaders are planning another Heads of State Summit to discuss the Burundi crisis.
This comes as the country insists on holding the presidential elections scheduled for June 26 despite growing tension and unrest in the country.
The EAC Council of Ministers recommended a second summit as a continuation of the May 13 was cut short by a coup staged by a former intelligence officer,, Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombare.
The Council’s chairman, Harrison Mwakyembe of Tanzania, and Secretary-General Richard Sezibera, met separately with President Nkurunziza and the opposition, according to The East African.
AU, ICGLR condemn Burundi violence
The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has condemned the assassination of Mr. Zedi Feruzi, leader of the Union for Peace and Development (UPD) Zigamibanga, and his bodyguard, in Bujumbura, on 23 May 2015.
Feruzi and his bodyguard, who were shot Saturday, have been laid to rest.
She strongly condemned it as a cowardly and odious act, as well as the criminal grenade attack at the Bujumbura central market on 22 May 2015 that killed two people and injured several others.
She called for an independent and credible inquiry to shed light on these criminal acts and bring the perpetrators to justice.
She noted in this regard, the consultative political dialogue facilitated by the United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit, together with the representatives of the AU, the East African Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
She renewed her appreciation to the AU high-level mission led by Mr. Edem Kodjo and including Professor Ibrahima Fall, for its sustained efforts and commitment.
Equally so, the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Great Lakes Region, the EAC-COMESA Eminent Persons, the High Level Delegation of the AU and the Executive Secretary of the ICGLR are appalled by the escalation of violence in Burundi that has led to many deaths, injuries and thousands of refugees.
They strongly condemned the despicable grenade attack on 22 May that killed eight (8) and injured about forty (40) people, as well as the assassination on 23 May of Mr. Zedi Feruzi, presidential candidate of the UPD-Zigamibanga party and his body guard. They extend their deep condolences to the families of the bereaved and wish quick recovery to those injured.
They called on the Burundi authorities to swiftly investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of these heinous crimes against civilians and political leaders.
“These events should serve as a wakeup call to the political leaders in Burundi to act diligently and engage resolutely in searching for peaceful resolution of their differences through dialogue,” reads part of ICGLR statement.
“The Facilitators re-affirm their commitment to continue working with all parties to prepare the ground for peaceful and credible elections in Burundi in respect of the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement and the Constitution of the Republic of Burundi.”