EA states block regional force from deploying

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The East African Standby Force director Dr Abdillahi Omar Bouh tells Fred Oluoch why it can take a long time to intervene when there is a crisis in the region.


Why has EASF not been deployed in the trouble spots in the region?

The African Union Summit must decide that a situation is approaching genocide for us to deploy within 14 days.

But we have maintained a 15-member observer mission in Somalia at since 2011. We also carried out technical assessment in Burundi in 2015; and deployed an election observer mission in the Comoros during the referendum in August this year.

It was widely expected that EASF would be deployed in Burundi in 2015; why did you stay away?

When we are to intervene, there are issues we look at. In case…

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