Mkapa calls for EAC meeting over Burundi

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The facilitator of peace negotiations in Burundi, former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa, has urged East African heads of state to convene a meeting to discuss the progress amid reports that the humanitarian situation there remains precarious.

Mr Mkapa, who was in Rwanda for the African Leadership Forum, said there is positive progress in Burundi especially after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced in June that he will not be seeking re-election in 2020.

“My mandate and certainly the mandate of the mediator needs a fresh look and that can only be done by the summit itself and I believe consultations are underway for that to happen, so that we know the way forward,” Mr Mkapa told The EastAfrican.

President Yoweri Museveni is the mediator while the…

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