Burundi opposition wants talks moved from EAC headquarters
Saturday August 13 2016
Burundi mediation team has been meeting at the East African Community (EAC) headquarters. However, an opposition group wants talks relocated claiming the EAC Secretary General Liberat Mfumukeko is a government’s sympathiser. PHOTO | FILE
The Burundian Coalition for the International Criminal Court, a lobby of 11 civil society organisations, is calling for an independent secretariat for the Benjamin Mkapa-led mediation team, saying East African Community Secretary General Liberat Mfumukeko is not neutral in the Burundian dialogue talks.
“We have written to the EAC Heads of State Summit and to Mr Mkapa himself. Mr Mfumukeko is just following the agenda of the Burundian government; this is not helping the process,” he said.
The UN Committee Against Torture in a recent meeting in Switzerland, voiced concern about reported reprisals against Burundians and civil society leaders.