No show by Burundi govt in last Arusha talks

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The East African Community-mediated Inter-Burundi dialogue began Thursday despite the absence of the key stakeholders, the government and the ruling party.

The facilitator, former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa, had been forced to rescheduled the commencement of the meetings from Wednesday October 24 to Thursday to allow the government’s side time to attend.

The fifth session is expected to be the last, focussing on a roadmap for a free and fair 2020 general election.

But with the absence of the President Pierre Nkurunziza’s administration and party, the talks appear to have already faltered.

“As long as the Burundi government is not attending the dialogue there is no reason for us to go there since whatever will be discussed in Arusha will have to be…

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