Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has Tuesday left for the Burundi capital, Bujumbura to mediate the ongoing political crisis.
The deputy presidential press secretary, Lindah Nabusayi, has confirmed in a tweet that Museveni is air bound.
According to Nabusayi, Museveni will seek dialogue among warring political factions as part of EAC efforts to find a lasting solution to the current political situation in Burundi.
Museveni, the Pan Africanist was appointed by the 3rd extraordinary summit of the Heads of States of the East African community to lead and facilitate this process.
The crisis in Burundi arose after President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to pursue a third term in office.
Burundi’s ruling CNDD-FDD party demanded a UN mediator helping to end the political crisis to step down for not showing “neutrality in his work”.
This forced the regional bloc to choose Museveni who has been instrumental in settling regional disputes, will lead regional efforts to dialogue and strike a deal and with the disputing parties, according to EAC Secretary General, Richard Sezibera.
Museveni sent battle tank, two war planes and 100 UPDF soldiers to secure the capital Bujumbura ahead of today’s visit amid reports of rebel insurgency in northern Burundi.
The Presidential guards are already on the ground in Bujumbura.
The Ugandan delegation to Burundi will include 60 people and an armoured vehicle.
However, Frederic Bamvuginyumvira, deputy leader of the Front for Democracy in Burundi, says Museveni who has personally overstayed in power can’t help the Burundi situation which demands that Nkurunziza leaves power.
A decree signed by Nkurunziza, whose controversial bid to stand for a third consecutive five-year term has sparked weeks of civil unrest, said the polls would be moved from July 15 to July 21, with campaigning extended until the evening of July 18, because of the political crisis.
Opposition is still unsure of the fairness of the coming presidential elections especially with the ongoing crackdown on their members and the mistreatment of protesters.
Opponents say the bid to extend Nkurunziza’s tenure violates a two-term limit set out in peace agreements that in 2005 brought an end to a 12-year civil war.