United States of America has pledged support for President Yoweri Museveni to revive a dialogue in Burundi and restrain President Pierre Nkurunziza from pursuing personal interests.
In a statement released by John Kirby, Department Spokesperson Washington, DC, Washington says today’s inauguration of Nkurunziza in Burundi demonstrates the ruling party’s intent to ignore the voices of its people in pursuit of its own political agenda.
“An inauguration – without a government that represents the population’s many political voices and without a comprehensive and inclusive dialogue – will not resolve the political and security crisis in Burundi.”
The crisis in Burundi, sparked by President Nkurunziza’s decision to pursue a third term in violation of the Arusha Agreement, is not over.
Washington noted that the situation is increasingly volatile and President Nkurunziza’s ability to effectively govern the country remains in peril as Burundi struggles with the continued aftermath of a deeply flawed electoral process, the closure of democratic space, a declining economy, and increasing violence.
“An inclusive and comprehensive political dialogue is the only credible route to re-establish stability in Burundi and forge a peaceful and consensus path forward for the Burundian people.”
“The United States supports the efforts of Uganda, on behalf of the East African Community, to mediate this dialogue and believes that continued attention and support from the African Union, United Nations, and all states in the region will be critical to help bring Burundi back from the precipice.”
Museveni was chosen by EAC states to mediate the Burundi crisis and put an end to political instabilities.
Nkurunziza ignored the dialogue and concentrated on campaigning for the July elections which were denounced as not free or fair by EAC, AU, UN, US, UK, EU and all peace bodies.
Museveni then delegated Ugandan Defense Minister, Crispus Kiyonga, to carry on the talks but Nkurunziza still ignored and the talks collapsed.
The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, recently supported Museveni’s efforts asking him to rekindle the dialogue following a period of political assassinations.
“Recent violence and targeted killings highlight the urgency in restarting this dialogue and providing all stakeholders with a peaceful path forward.”
US said such a dialogue could begin to restore democratic credibility to the country by reaffirming the Arusha Agreement, reopening press outlets, releasing political prisoners, and reaching agreement on an electoral process going forward.