Today [Saturday] Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, held a meeting with the Speaker of Parliament of Burundi and his deputy who briefed him on the political situation there.
The Speaker, Mr Pascal Nyabenda, doubles as the chairman of the ruling party CNDD-FDD, while the Deputy Speaker, Mr Agathon Rwasa, heads the opposition, Amizero y’Abarundi coalition.
They told Kenyatta that the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza and the opposition had agreed to work together for the interest of their country and sought Kenya’s support for further reconciliation in Burundi.
“I told the two leaders, who were accompanied by MPs from the two sides, that they can count on Kenya’s support for all efforts aimed at fostering peace in Burundi,” Kenyatta said in a statement.
“The region’s interest is to have a peaceful Burundi because we cannot let you go back to the violence which you have gone through before.”
Kenyatta said he was happy to see that Burundi team is composed of all the sides of the political spectrum sending a strong signal to the world that they want peace.
He said regional leaders were willing to continue supporting Burundi to remain peaceful but the biggest responsibility rests with Burundians themselves.
Tweeps who were not satisfied with what the delegation told Kenyatta, opened a hashtag #SomeoneTellUhuru in order to give the Kenyan president what is exactly happening on the ground in Burundi.
Here are some of things tweeps said:
@AmahoroI #SomeoneTellUhuru he’s being misled. Since Rwasa joined Nkurunziza he’s no more an opposition figure.
@iburundi: Dear @UKenyatta When did Nkurunziza meet with opposition to agree on anything? It shows that they lied to you?
@AmahoroI: #SomeonetellUhuru that real opposition is currently hunted down: those who were not killed live now in exile
@MyrineL: #SomeoneTellUhuru Government of Pierre Nkuruziza is illegal, opposition members are being killed & tortured daily
@MyrineL: Government is instead, making effort to silence opposition using terror and torture
@arseneflo: #SomeoneTellUhuru he [Nkurunziza] should’ve listened to Obama when he said “Africa won’t advance if its leaders refuse to step down when their terms end”
@arseneflo:#SomeoneTellUhuru that murder is illegal in #Burundi too, and as he wouldn’t let murderers govern #Kenya, we won’t either
@ndikumwenayo: #SomeoneTellUhuru If #EAC leaders failed to save #Burundi from chaos, they should stop mocking victims by pretending #Nkurunziza is for peace
@iburundi: Hi #KoT please help #Burundi tell @UKenyatta w/ this hashtag #SomeoneTellUhuru that he should stop supporting a regime that kills citizens
Follow the hashtag, it is trending now.