Event: Pan-African Parliament (PAP) holds its sixth session in South Africa on Monday, PAP President Bethel Nnameka Amadi factors on conflict in Burundi and recent anti-immigrant attacks in South Africa among counter-terrorism.
Burundi is set for its elections come June 2015 which is currently being rocked by the conflict between President Pierre Nkurunziza’s supporters and the opposition which wants to oust him.
President Pierre Nkurunziza has been president since 2005 however on 14th May 2015 former Intelligence Chief Major General Godefroid Niyombare staged a military coup to overthrow the current government.
The Burundi coup flopped and President Pierre jetted back to his country, making his first public appearance however, he has not discuss the coup just yet.
Burundi Political Stability Shaken Ahead of June Elections
The series of events in Burundi have shaken the country’s political stability ahead of the June 2015 elections, without a doubt.
It is still not clear whether the elections will take place but the President has managed to reverse the coup, which could have placed the country on the bad books, according to Western countries.
Further, it is indicated that some of the forces who had staged the coup are melting back to their ranks but for some, little is known about them since the flopped coup.
Burundi’s future assessed
Ongoing retaliatory attacks on soldiers involved in the coup could bring a standstill as to where exactly is the President’s stand on bringing back the nation together.
If forces loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza continue launching such attacks, there is a big likelihood that there will be no fair and free elections come June. That probably leaves the country with no choice but to embrace the now President, notwithstanding provisions in their Constitution.
This places Burundi on a hostile political imbalance between what Africa leaders want for the nation and how the country is coordinating its leadership and exercising its powers.
Burundi is currently facing a turmoil since the end of its 12-year civil war period where close to 300,000 people died.