Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza

Special envoys from the East African Community (EAC) on Wednesday invited Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza to an emergency summit on Burundi that will take place on May 13 in Tanzania.

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza

“We came to invite the president and convince him to attend the emergency summit on Burundi to be held in Tanzania, and he has accepted,” Tanzania’s Foreign Minister Bernard Membe told the media after meeting Nkurunziza on Wednesday.
The special envoys were foreign ministers from Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.
Membe said the foreign minister of Uganda, another EAC member state, did not come to Bujumbura because of other commitments.
He said the visit by the special envoys was equally aimed at collecting more factual information for better preparation of the emergency summit on Burundi.
“Now that Burundi’s Constitutional Court has given its ruling, we have come to get the assurance that violence will not be tolerated, and to seek certainty that elections will be free, fair and peaceful,” Membe said.
The Tanzanian foreign minister said they obtained Nkurunziza’s assurance on issues raised, and expressed hope that the emergency summit will come up with ways to repatriate over 20,000 Burundians who are seeking asylum elsewhere and also reduce violence.
Membe said the special envoys will also meet with leaders of Burundi political parties.
Since April 26, several suburbs of Bujumbura have witnessed violent protests organized by Burundi’s opposition parties and civil society groups opposed to the third term bid by Nkurunziza.
According to Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, head of Burundi Association for Protection of Human Rights and Detainees, at least 13 people have so far been killed. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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