President Yoweri Museveni last week travelled to Burundi to start on a two-day working visit to mediate in the political impasse between the Government, opposition political parties and other stakeholders.
Museveni travelled a relatively long distance of about 300km from the Rwanda-Burundi border of Gisenyi to Burundi’s capital Bujumbura.
Museveni’s visit follows the mandate given to him by the 3rd Extra-ordinary Summit of the East African Community Heads of State held in Dar Es Salaam, > Tanzania to lead and facilitate dialogue at the highest level in a bid to find a lasting solution to the current political situation in Burundi.
The EAC also proposed postponement of the Presidential election in the country up to 30th of July to allow for this process. The EAC Secretariat has convened the mediation effort.
President Museveni was received by President Pierre Nkurunziza at Hotele Baleir Residence in Bujumbura. He also received a red carpet welcome, a guard of honour and National Anthem played by the Burundi Armed Forces. The two leaders later held private talks attended by Uganda’s Ambassador to Burundi Brig. Matiya Kyaligonza.
Burundi is currently undergoing a disputed Presidential and Parliamentary General election political campaign period and has just emerged from a failed military coup attempt against President Pierre Nkurunziza.