ICGLR recommends delay of Burundi elections


ICGLR leaders meeting in Angola today


The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Summit sitting in Luanda, the capital of Angola Monday recommended the postponement of Burundi elections.

The elections scheduled for June 2015 have become a question of debate.

President Pierre Nkurunziza has already been nominated by the ruling party to stand as their candidate.

He will be seeking a third term in office which violates the constitution and the Arusha Accords that ended a long civil war.

The African Union Peace and Security Council chair, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, said with the ongoing political instability, they could not send election observers to Burundi.

She urged authorities to extend the polls until the situation normalises.

Last week, the EAC heads of State Summit sitting in Arusha Tanzania also recommended the postponement of the elections in the face of a military coup staged by former intelligence chief, Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombare.

On Sunday, the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, who was backed by all regional leaders, advised Nkurunziza to postpone the elections.

There was also an issue of an alleged Al Shabaab “impending” attack on the capital Bujumbura.

Today, ICGLR Summit also recommended the postponement calling on all parties to stop violence and pursue dialogue and peace.

It also recommended that ICGLR Heads of State visit Burundi which is now characterised by protests, arrests and detentions of Nkurunziza’s opponements.

The Heads of State Summit was attended by Excellences Jacob Zuma of South Africa, DRC’s Joseph Kabila, South Sudan’s Salva Kiir Mayardit, Central Africa’s Catherine Sandra Panza and host Angola’s Eduardo Dos Santos, also Chairman ICGLR, in Luanda.

Uganda was represented by Defence Minister Hon. Crispus Kiyonga, Rwanda by Foreign Minister Hon. Louise Mushikiwabo.

According to the Director for Peace and Security Mr. Wilson Kajwengye, a Delegation of Heads of State of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and South Africa will visit Burundi immediately and meet with H.E Nkurunzinza.

Other discussion points at this conference included terrorism and the South Sudan crisis.

Angola, under President José Eduardo dos Santos, chairs the two-year term of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, ICGLR, since January 2014.


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