Kenyatta asks Nkurunziza to postpone elections


All photos by Kelvin Brown


Kenya President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has told his Burundi counterpart, Pierre Nkurunziza, to push forward the June elections until the situation has normalised.

This was revealed by Manoah Esipisu, the spokesman of State House Kenya, on Monday.

Esipisu said the two leaders spoke by phone on Sunday.

Speaking at his presidential palace in the capital Bujumbura yesterday, Nkurunziza confirmed speaking to Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and Kenyatta about the Al Shabaab threat.

During the Wednesday Arusha EAC Summit, the bloc chairman and Tanzania President, Jakaya Kikwete, suggested that elections be postponed until political instability has been addressed in Burundi.

Kikwete’s view is shared by all EAC presidents as confirmed by Kenyatta.

AU Peace and Security Council chair, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, was the first to suggest that elections be postponed following weeks of protests in the capital.

Unrest broke out when Nkurunziza was nominated to stand again as president for the third time.


A soldier keeping distance from protesters


Opposition and civil society say this violates the constitution and a 2005 peace agreement that ended an ethnically driven civil war.

Clashes have continued in the capital eversince, Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombare planned a coup which later failed.

More than 105,000 people have fled to Tanzania as a result of unrest in the capital.

Monday, rioters were seen gathering and ready to take to the streets in fresh protests.

“Dear soldiers do not shoot our brothers and sisters,” says a banner carried by protestors in Musaga district.

“Stop the regime which supports Imbonerakure militia,” reads another banner.

The army is firing in the air to try get the protestors to disperse but they remain defiant and have continued to march.

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