Ex-minister’s assassination has Burundi on the edge
From OMEGA SSUUNA in Bujumbura, Burundi
BUJUMBURA, (CAJ News) – THERE are fears the assassination of a former minister would further destabilize Burundi, the Central African country beset by mayhem since the decision by President Pierre Nkurunziza to cling to power.
The crisis has taken another gruesome dimension as unknown gunmen shot dead Hafsa Mossi, former Minister for East African Community Affairs and Member of the East African Legislative Assembly.
She has been gunned down in the restive capital Burundi. More than 400 people have been killed in the aftermath of the political crisis.
The assassination, which comes three months after army leader, General Athanase Kararuza, and his wife were shot dead and their daughter injured also in the capital, comes as the latest talks aimed at resolving the Burundi conflict hit a snag in Tanzanian.
The talks in the northern town of Arusha have derailed after government officials rejected the presence of members of the opposition, effectively stopping the resumption of the negotiations.
United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, condemned the assassination of Mossi.
“This despicable act of violence only serves to promote divisions, entrench mistrust, and destabilize the country,” he said.
Ki-moon called for the intensifying efforts to find a negotiated settlement to the crisis in Burundi and called on all parties concerned to engage fully and in good faith in the peace process led by the East African Community (EAC).
Former Tanzania President, Benjamin Mkapa is facilitating the talks.
– CAJ News
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