Museveni in Tanzania over Burundi unrest


Museveni being received in Dar


President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has left for an extraordinary summit in Dar es Salaam, aimed at breaking political deadlock in Burundi.

EAC Heads of State are expected to meet in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam today, Wednesday to look into the Burundi political instability.

Expected at the meeting are: President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and the bloc chair, Jakaya Kikwete.

The meeting was announced by the EAC chairman and Tanzania President, Jakaya Kikwete, on his return from New York where he met the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.

UN said it was also monitoring the Burundi situation and had even sent an envoy to that effect.

Kikwete also sent the EAC foreign ministers to assess the situation, meet the opposing parties and make a report which the leaders will discuss today.


Museveni on arrival in Dar


The ministers met opposition, civil society and President Pierre Nkurunziza who insisted on standing for a third term inspite of the constitutional constraints.

Nkurunziza promised the ministers that after being given a third term, he won’t pursue a fourth one.

Protests have now entered a third week with more lives lost and more citizens fleeing the country to the neighbouring Rwanda.

The African Union suggested that June elections be postponed until the conflict has been resolved.

US on the other hand has threatened sanctions if Nkurunziza doesn’t heed the call not to pursue another term in office.

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