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Nkurunziza Dispatches Special Delegation to Meet Museveni

Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza has dispatched a high ranking official to deliver what State House Entebbe described as a “special message” to President Museveni.

This comes hardly a day after President Museveni said Burundi needed a new constitution to pave way for the return of refugees and strengthen efforts to realise permanent political stability.

“President Yoweri Museveni has received a special message from President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi,” said State House in a media statement sent to ChimpReports on Thursday afternoon.

The message was delivered to the President today at State House, Entebbe by Burundi Foreign Affairs Minister, Ezechiel Nibigira.

The Minister was accompanied by Burundi’s Ambassador to Uganda, Mr. Jean Bosco Barege, the Secretary General of the ruling Party, Mr Evariste Ndayishimiye and Mr Emmanuel Manirakira.

This website was yet to obtain contents of the special letter.

Receiving a report on the process of the Inter-Burundian Dialogue from former Tanzania President Benjamin Mkapa, who is the Facilitator of the Inter-Burundi Dialogue, Museveni on November 20 said “Burundi should build a new Constitution that can implement security and protection of all the people there so that Burundi nationals return home and be able to live in peace.”

Museveni further said “there should be no gamble in the Burundi political resolution.”

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It remains unclear how this will be implemented.

Museveni maintains considerable influence in Burundi as he is seen as one of the guarantors of the country’s stability.

Museveni played a key role in helping Nkurunziza defeat coup plotters in 2015.

Former Burundian president Col. Jean-Baptiste Bagaza helped Museveni’s National Resistance Army (NRA) guerrillas with logistics as he fought the regimes of Idi Amin and Milton Obote.

Nkurunziza on 7 June promulgated a new Constitution approved by 73 per cent of voters in a referendum on 17 May.

Nkurunziza said he would not seek an additional term in office when elections take place in 2020 and pledged to support his successor.

Receiving Mkapa’s report on Monday at State House, Entebbe, President Museveni, who is the current Chairman of the East African Community, observed that the strategy to solve the East African Community (EAC) regional political conflicts should be premised on principle, taking into consideration the crucial value of historical sovereignty devoid of individual interests.

“Sovereignty means a strong historical foundation based on principle and strategy to manage regional affairs and to solve political challenges exhaustively in the region now and in future,” he said as he received the document from Mr. Mkapa and his committee members.

The committee comprises Ambassadors David Kapya, Aziz Mlima, Machocha Tembele, Leonard Onyonyi and Uganda’s National Political Commissar (NPC) Brig. Gen. Henry Matsiko.

Mr. Museveni commended Mr. Mkapa and his committee for the report and noted that the document is a “well-equipped instrument” that can help resolve the Burundian political conflict.

The document will be tabled during the forthcoming East African Community Heads of State Summit later this month in Arusha, Tanzania.

In his remarks, Mr. Mkapa told President Museveni the report hinges on the “political roadmap of the crucial elements for the Burundi government to consider with a view to introducing a multiparty political dispensation for the benefit and safety of all key players in the country.”

Mr. Mkapa said the Government of Burundi, the opposition groups, the EAC member states, women and youth groups in that country, civil society, the media and the international community, among others, are stakeholders to the process of the Burundi Dialogue.

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