East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) speaker, Hon Daniel Kidega, has urged the region to fast track the ratification of the peace and Security Protocol in the region to ensure peace.
“There is need for peace and security is a priority for the region in the face of threats faced by terrorism,” Kidega told press in Kampala.
He said EALA led a delegation of EAC observers at the elections in Burundi and generated a report which was made public.
The report, which we saw, said the Burundi elections were not free or fair, were violent and not credible.
President Pierre Nkurunziza won the July presidential elections with a sizeable margin.
Kidega said the summit has regularly met and Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni, was even chosen as a mediator for Burundi.
“Above all, discussions tend to solve all kinds of issues,” he said.
Kidega, however, declined to comment on South Sudan saying it was out of his jurisdiction.
“She (South Sudan) has however applied to be part of EAC,” he revealed.
While addressing the Ugandan parliament a week ago, Kenya president, Uhuru Kenyatta, agreed that the region has challenges on every side.
He said neighbours South Sudan, Somalia, Burundi and Congo are facing dire security challenges.
“Our dream of becoming a prosperous hub that connects them to the world will never become a reality if they continue suffering from serious instability.”
He said Kenya and Uganda must work together closely to forge the security and stability that can be turned into sustained peace.
“This is particularly true of Burundi. Within the East African Community, we are working hard to secure the peace in Burundi, and we will remain on the frontline to ensure it is realized,” he told parliament.
Kenyatta’s commitment at the same time Burundi was descending into anarchy and chaos.
On Saturday, Colonel (rtd.) Jean Bikomagu, former Chief of Army Staff, was on 15 August 2015 assassinated in Bujumbura, Burundi.
Earlier on, the former Chief of Staff and head of intelligence services, Gen Adolphe Nshimirimana, was also gunned down in the capital.
A top human rights activist, Claver Mbonimpa, was also shot but never killed.
He is currently receiving treatment abroad.
Come Harerimana, the president of the ruling CNDD-FDD party was also shot dead while riding his motorcycle near Bujumbura.