February 26, 2016: An African Union delegation sent by the new AU chair Chad’s President Idriss Deby Itno arrived in Burundi for two-day official visit aimed at accelerating the Burundi political dialogue.
The delegation comprises of 5 heads of state that will facilitate the conflict resolution dialogue between the government, the opposition and rebels.
South Africa’s Jacob Zuma is leading the delegation that comprises of Gabon’s Ali Bongo, Mauritania’s Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Senegal’s Macky Sall and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
This is the first high level all-African delegation to be sent to Burundi by the African body as the African leaders seek to salvage the Great Lakes region country from plunging into genocidal civil war.
The East African Community is expected to pass a resolve at the Heads of State Summit in February 29th. Burundi is a member of the EAC alongside Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.
Burundi has experienced political unrest since the April 2015 mainly due to President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third-term bid with domestic solution seeking yielding no results. Burundi declined an African Union Peacekeeping mission deployment and deadlocking all international community efforts to broker peace and political solution.