M7 Kicks Off Mediation on Burundi Crisis

President Museveni is today expected to kick off the mediation mission on Burundi crisis that will see the warring political factions negotiate on how to make the country peaceful.

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President Yoweri Museveni yesterday afternoon arrived in the Burundian Capital Bujumbura and was welcomed by President Pierre Nkurunziza at Hotele Baleir Residence.

He also received a red carpet welcome, a guard of honour and National Anthem played by the Burundi Armed Forces. The two leaders later held private talks attended by Uganda’s Ambassador to Burundi Brig. Matiya Kyaligonza.

Museveni’s visit follows the mandate given to him by the 3rd Extra-ordinary Summit of the East African Community Heads of State held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on the 6th of July 2015 to lead and facilitate dialogue at the highest level in a bid to find a lasting solution to the current political situation in Burundi.

The EAC also proposed postponement of the Presidential election in the country up to 30th of July to allow for this process. The EAC Secretariat has convened the mediation effort.

However Red Pepper quoting an International Media, reported that soon after Museveni’s appointment to lead dialogue, Burundi Opposition Political Parties rejected him.

“Museveni has been in power since 1986; can he help the Burundian president to understand that a mandate limit is important? No,” Frederic Bamvuginyumvira, deputy leader of the Front for Democracy, one of the political parties in Burundi said while responding to Museveni’s appointment.  “I expect nothing from his work.’’

Burundi is currently undergoing a disputed Presidential and Parliamentary General election political campaign period and has just emerged from a failed military coup attempt against President Pierre Nkurunziza.

It remains uncertain if Museveni led peace talks will yield desired outcome as opposition parties doubt his democracy credentials.

Burundi has been shadowed by unrest since April this year when current president, Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would run for a third term.