The East African Community Secretariat sitting in Arusha Tanzania has condemned the embarrassing treatment accorded to the Secretary General, Richard Sezibera, in Burundi on Wednesday.
The Insider broke the story of how a presidential guard from president Pierre Nkurunziza’s government knocked and tossed Sezibera outside the Burundi parliament.
The SG was denied entry on account that he had not been invited by the senate.
The EAC secretariat in a statement says it “wishes to strongly protest against the breach of protocol and disrespectful treatment of H.E Amb Dr Richard Sezibera…on Wednesday October 28, 2015 in the premises of the Burundi senate…”
Sezibera was accompanied by Crispus Kiyonga, the Uganda defence minister and special envoy of President Yoweri Museveni who also doubles as EAC Summit’s appointed mediator in the Burundi crisis
“The secretary general was in Bujumbura Burundi at the request of the EAC Summit appointed mediation,” the secretariat clarified.
“The EAC condemns the aggressive act by Burundian security officials to prevent the SG from conducting official community business.”
It adds: “such actions undermine the efforts of the community in its accompanying the people of Burundi in their search for a solution to the current crisis.”
The EAC said it avails itself at the opportunity to renew to the ministry of External Relations and International Cooperation of Burundi the assurances of its highest consideration.
In September 2015, Leontine Nzeyimana, Burundian Minister for the Presidency in charge of the affairs of the East African community took up arms against Sezibera accusing him of plotting to expel Burundi form the community.
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