EAC chair, Kikwete, speaks on Burundi coup


EAC leaders in Tanzania on Wednesday


East African Community (EAC) chairman, Jakaya Kikwete, has spoken out on Wednesday military coup in the neighbouring troubled Burundi.

Kikwete and EAC regional leaders have condemned the Burundi military coup calling for a return to constitutional order.

Kikwete has announced that the EAC summit will convene again in two weeks to review situation.

He urged Burundi players to return to constitutional leadership at the close of the Dar Summit.

Present at the Summit were; President Yoweri Museveni, Paul Kagame, Pierre Nkurunziza, Uhuru Kenyatta, African Union Chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, European Union and United States representatives.

The coup led by former intelligence chief, General, Godefroid Niyombare, who announced the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza, on a national radio, follows a series of protests in the capital Bujumbura that have persisted for three weeks.

The protesters accuse Nkurunziza of violating the Arusha Agreement that allows him to stand for only two terms.

Niyombare who declared himself interim President, says they are working towards democracy and restoration of national unity.

However, Burundi’s presidency responded with a message on Twitter saying the coup attempt had “failed”.

Kikwete in his last visit to Bujumbura urged Nkurunziza not to seek a third term saying it would violate the Arusha Accord that ended a civil war where thousands of people were killed.

Borders closed, army to secure airport

Reports say Gen Niyombare has given orders to close all Burundi borders.

The army is currently rushing to secure the airport where Nkurunziza is expected to land on his return home.

Airport staff were seen leaving on buses as the army entered and secured the field.

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