Crime & Investigation

Karuma Power Project Workers Arrested in Police Crackdown

The African Union has Friday reiterated its call on the Burundian Government to “urgently consent to the deployment of the planned African Prevention and Protection Mission in Burundi” amid once worsening political and security turmoil in the country.
The continental body which maintains it will not allow a “genocide” in Burundi, pharmacy help issued a statement today, search view saying, search the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, “continues to closely follow the situation in Burundi and efforts aimed at finding an early and peaceful solution to the current crisis.”
As a follow-up to the communiqué adopted by the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC), at its 565th meeting held on 17 December 2015, regarding notably the deployment of an African Prevention and Protection Mission in Burundi (MAPROBU), the Chairperson of the Commission has written to President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi, to “seek the consent of the Burundian Government for the early deployment of MAPROBU and the effective implementation of its mandate.”
In that letter, Dr. Dlamini Zuma stressed that the AU “has no other agenda than to assist the Government and people of Burundi at their hour of need, consistent with its commitment to promote African solutions to African problems.”
Burundi has since refused to accept the AU intervention force, saying the country’s armed forces are able to restore peace and stability.
However, former Burundian army officers have since declared war on Nkurunziza, saying they will fight until he is defeated.
Hundreds have been killed since the conflict began early this year.
Everyday, dead bodies of perceived opposition supporters appear on Bujumbura streets – a situation the AU says is unacceptable.
Dr Zuma expressed the AU’s readiness to “rapidly initiate discussions with the Government of Burundi to devise the best ways and means of facilitating the deployment of the Mission, in a spirit of mutual understanding and cooperation.”
The Chairperson of the Commission has also written to the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon, to convey the PSC call for full UN support, including the authorization of a support package funded by assessed contributions, to enable the rapid and effective deployment of the envisaged Mission, on the basis of the expressed consent of the Government of Burundi.
The Chairperson of the Commission underlined that the deployment of MAPROBU and the effective implementation of its mandate will “greatly help in defusing the current tension and reducing the level of violence.”
She sais this, in turn, will facilitate the ongoing efforts to promote dialogue spearheaded by President Yoweri Museveni, on behalf of the Region.
As directed by the PSC, the Commission said it was taking steps to finalize the Concept of Operation and other planning documents for MAPROBU, to facilitate the early deployment of the Mission, on the basis of the expressed consent of the Government of Burundi.
In this context, Dr Zuma welcomed the resumption of the inter-Burundian dialogue in Entebbe, Uganda, on 28 December 2015, under the auspices of President Yoweri Museveni.
She called on all the Burundian stakeholders to extend full cooperation to the Mediation and to place the interest of their country and its people above any other consideration.
Dr Zuma further reiterated that only a genuine and truly inclusive dialogue will enable the Burundian stakeholders to overcome the current challenges.
At least 100 workers attached to Sino Hydro Corporation LTD of Karuma Hydro Power Project in Masindi were on Wednesday night arrested in a police crackdown.

The workers failed to provide identification documents.

Major Moses Kaggwa the UPDF officer in charge Karuma barracks said the crackdown was carried out because of the increased crime rates in the area.

He explained that police will carry out a two week operation to identify idle people and criminals.

Kaggwa advised all workers of the Hydro Power Project to move with their identification cards in order to avoid being arrested.

The police officer in charge of Karuma, clinic Charles Vuciri said police needs to stop the rampant cases of burglary and theft especially during the Christmas season.

Accordingly the Assistant Human Resource Manager of Karuma Hydro power project, Emma Decox Nyalo promised to provide company workers with Identification cards.

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