The United Nations (UN) Security Council Delegation arrived Burundi yesterday amidst massive unrest.
The visit whose main goal is to push for ways to end the months of political unrest, it would seem, could not have come at a more inopportune time. At least one youth was killed as both gunfire and explosions rocked Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital on the fateful Thursday evening.
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The delegation which comprised 15 Security Council representatives, also accompanied by other UN delegates and journalists are intent on halting the downward spiral of the Burundian unrest and violence, which they fear may evolve into another civil war if not checked. Thursday’s unrest began just after the UN Security Council delegates landed. They were greeted by hundreds of protesters carrying placards and signs that read things like “stop interfering in Burundian affairs” and “genocide will not happen”. The people are apparently not receptive to outside influence or help.
Burundian rebel force, Republican Forces of Burundi or Forebu (after its French acronym), which announced its formation in December, named the fugitive ex-general Godefroid Niyombare, who carried out a failed coup earlier in the year as their leader. UN’s Security Council delegates intend to meet with the government today in a bid to persuade President Nkurunziza to accept an African Union proposal of 5,000 peacekeepers.
The happenings of yesterday work to undermine the words of the spokesman for the President, Gervais Abaycho, who had earlier proclaimed the UN’s report on Burundi’s state of affairs as unwarranted, baseless and unsubstantiated. It is quite obvious to all onlookers that Burundi is in trouble and I can only wonder if the over 350 deaths and 230,000 emigrants from the country is worth the third term rule of President Nkurunziza.