The European Union has extended €300,000 [approx. Shs1.1bn] to Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, to help mediate Burundi talks and avoid a possible genocide.
In a letter dated December 14, 2015 and addressed to President Museveni, EU officials Federica Mogherini and Neven Mimica, thank Museveni for his “excellent cooperation”.
The letter cited a productive meeting held at State House on September 19, 2015 with commissioner Mimica.
Mimica says the talks she personally held on Burundi were not successful because the government of Pierre Nkurunziza was not committed to respecting human rights and political freedoms.
She said the dramatic events that happened over the weekend causing too many victims signify another step in a rapidly deteriorating situation.
She said during consultations last Thursday in Kampala, minister Crispus Kiyonga briefed UN, AU, EU and US great lakes envoys calling upon partners for a financial contribution.
“Following that meeting we ae happy to confirm an EU contribution of an amount of 300,000.”
“This support will be channelled through the Early Response Mechanism of the Africa Peace Facility, managed by African Union.”
EU said a swift political process can reverse the current negative trend in Burundi.
“The EU has already built a strong partnership with Uganda in support of peace and stability in Somalia, South Sudan and the DRC. We look forward to working together for peace in Burundi.
EU turned to Museveni after Friday’s attacks in which 87 people were killed at military establishments in the capital Bujumbura.
The European Union is now calling on all actors in Burundi to work in haste to ensure that dialogue begins immediately.
In a statement issued on Sunday afternoon by Catherine Ray the spokesperson, of the EU High Representative, the EU says the attacks against military camps are evidence of a change in the scale of violence and repression which has shaken Burundi in recent months.
She said these unacceptable acts represent a further destabilizing element for the country that affects all Burundians.
Ray said the dialogue under Ugandan mediation needs to begin urgently, with all the actors concerned.
President Museveni today met the US Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, to discuss the Burundi question.
Also today, the AU said it would not allow another genocide to take place on African soil during a meeting in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
Further today, the UN is meeting in Geneva to discuss the Burundi crisis.
Protests in Burundi began in April when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term in office.