In Summary
  • He said mutual agreements by all parties will ensure the electoral process brings peace to Burundi.
  • The unrests in Burundi were sparked off by the ruling CNDD-FDD party’s decision to allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Burundian leaders to engage in dialogue to end violence.

He said the continued civil unrest in Burundi's capital Bujumbura was not only a threat to the country’s stability but the whole of the East African region.

“The consequences of the unrests in Burundi will be felt beyond the country’s borders especially neighbouring countries,” the President said.

He said mutual agreements by all parties will ensure the electoral process brings peace to Burundi.

The President spoke after meeting COMESA Committee of Elders, chaired by Bethuel Kiplagat and EAC Eminent Persons, who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi on Saturday.

The Committee of Elders, which has been meeting different groups in Burundi since beginning of the year, had come to brief the President on the political situation in the neighbouring country.

The Elders and Eminent persons, including the former acting Governor, Central bank of Malawi Bishop Mary Nkosi, former Prime Minister of Tanzania and Vice President Justice Joseph Warioba and former Zambian Trade minister Felix Mutati, had been invited by Burundi in January this year to walk the country through the electoral process.

The President, who has been following the happenings in Burundi, was briefed on the political situation in the country. Amb. Kiplagat also presented proposals on possible solutions to the political crisis in the country.

President Kenyatta supported a proposal for a regional Summit on Burundi and encouraged the committee to continue with the peace initiatives to defuse the growing political crisis that may plunge the country into further bloodshed.

The unrests in Burundi were sparked off by the ruling CNDD-FDD party’s decision to allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term.