The United States President, Donald Trump has maintained sanctions on four Burundian top security figures including Minister of Public Security, Alain Guillame Bunyonyi over their involvement in the East African nation’s unrest.
The Obama administration in 2015 imposed sanctions on Bunyonyi, leader of 2015 failed coup attempt, Gen. Godefroid Niyombare, Deputy Director General of the National Police, Godefroid Bizimana and former Defense Minister Cyrille Ndayirukiye.
The sanctions under Executive Order 13712 are extended annually by the president with the approval of Congress.
Trump in a letter to congress on Wednesday, said the sanction should continue beyond November 2019.
“In accordance with Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency with respect to the situation in Burundi declared in Executive Order 13712 of November 22, 2015, is to continue in effect beyond November 22, 2019,” said Trump.
Trump indicated that the situation in Burundi still poses a threat to US national security and foreign policy.
“The situation in Burundi, which has been marked by killing and other violence against civilians, unrest, the incitement of violence, and significant political repression, and which threatens the peace, security, and stability of Burundi and the region, continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” said Trump.
“Therefore, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13712 with respect to the situation in Burundi.”
The 2015 political situation in Burundi has however drastically improved and the country still has a peacekeeping force in Somalia under African Union auspices supported by the international community.