Burundians celebrate the attempted coup in Bujumbura on May 13, 2015. PHOTO | BARAKAMFITIYE EGIDE ALEX |
A special summit of the EAC leaders in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday called for the postponement of the staggered elections set to begin month but not beyond August, when the government’s mandate lapses.
Chairperson of the AU Commission Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma called for an urgent disarmament of all militia and illegal armed groups. She went ahead to withdraw AU election observers.
AU Peace and Security Council followed with a communique on Thursday, requesting the Commission, in consultation with the East African Standby Force, to consider deployment of an expanded mission to protect civilians and facilitate the cessation of violence.