Panic as Nkurunziza seeks fourth team

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza

From OMEGA SSUUNA in Bujumbura, Burundi
BUJUMBURA, (CAJ News) –THE international community is wary reported attempts by President Pierre Nkurunziza could further destabilize Burundi.
The concern comes as the political crisis in the East African country continued to deepen amid serious human rights violations, torture, mass displacements of people and economic degradation.
Jamal Benomar, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General for Conflict Prevention, noted Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a disputed third term had triggered the most severe crisis since Burundi’s emergence from civil war more than a decade ago.
No progress had been made in implementation of resolution 2303 (2016), and the Government’s relations with the international community had deteriorated since its adoption, he said, citing Burundi’s refusal to allow deployment of the United Nations police component, enhanced human rights monitoring.
Almost 390 000 Burundians had fled the country since the start of the crisis.
“We have tried our utmost to constructively engage with the Government yet authorities have largely shut the doors to cooperation,” Benomar said.
Albert Shingiro, Burundi’s representative in the UN, denied Nkurunziza aimed for another term.
“The mention of a fourth mandate is typical of the double standards used against Burundi since 2015.”

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