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Burundi’s Situation Is A Matter For EAC Heads- Mkapa

The stalled peace negotiations in Burundi is a matter for the Heads of State in East African Community, the former Tanzanian President, Benjamin Mkapa, has said.

Mkapa is the appointed facilitator in the Burundi crisis by the UN and African Union.

The former Tanzania president, who is in Rwanda attending a summit organised by the African Leadership Forum (ALF), an organisation he founded.

Mkapa told a press conference on Wednesday that the matters regarding the security and peace situation in Burundi is now beyond his hands and will have to be discussed by EAC leaders.

Despite the pressures and the sanctions of the international community, Mkapa had earlier said that it is unnecessary to continue to challenge President Pierre Nkurunziza’s “legitimacy”.

Mkapa’s position was that the facilitation was rather concerned with creating favourable conditions in Burundi in order to organise free, fair and credible 2020 elections.

The matter, thus, remains a subject to be tabled at the forthcoming EAC summit.

Uganda’s President Kaguta Museveni is the current Chairperson of Summit of EAC Heads of State.

Meanwhile, seven former African heads of state and other eminent persons are currently attending a two-day meeting in Kigali which will, among other things, discuss the continent’s transformation, financing for sustainable development and peace.

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