Protests resumed in the Burundi capital Bujumbura on Tuesday with more vigour.
Live bullets and teargas were reported in the suburbs as protesters kept their promising of rejecting President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term in office.
Protesters hurled stones as they fought back against police, a force that is emerging as the most brutal of all Burundi security forces.
The protesters took the day; in their triumph of the day, the rioters managed to capture a police woman who was among those shooting at them.
Witnesses told Reuters that protesters grabbed a policewoman and taught her their form of rough justice.
They carried her through the streets and at one point a man tried to protect her from the crowd but was taught a lesson too.
They slapped, kicked and stoned the policewoman before handing her over to fellow cops.
A protester told Reuters that a woman was shot dead in Butarere, where there was heavy gunfire.
In another district, a grenade hurled by militia killed two more people.
US warns Nkurunziza again
Today, one of the negotiators of the Arusha peace deal that ended Burundi’s civil war, has called on president Pierre Nkurunziza not to seek a third term in office.
Kenya’s former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka told the BBC that Burundi is on the brink – and warned that any crisis there could destabilise the region.
Erica J. Barks-Ruggles, the U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, warned Friday that Nkurunziza may spark regional insecurity if he is not careful.
She was visiting Mahama refugee camp in Kirehe District which hosts thousands of Burundian refugees who have crossed into Rwanda in recent weeks.
Ambassador Barks-Ruggles, who was in the company of Saber Azam, the UN refugee agency representative to Rwanda, said the region as well as the international community should continue putting pressure on Burundi’s government to heed to the 2000 Arusha accord.
The deal which helped end the country’s civil war in 2005 is widely credited for Burundi’s decade long peace and political stability.
EAC leaders are expected to meet in Dar Tanzania tomorrow to discuss the crisis.