Mediation in the spotlight as Burundi peace talks fail to take off in Tanzania
Saturday January 9 2016
Burundian refugees at Gashora transit camp in Rwanda. PHOTO | DANIEL S NTWARI
Coupled with Tanzania’s parallel shuttle diplomacy to salvage the talks that were set for January 6, the United States has cast doubts on Uganda’s ability to broker a deal since President Museveni is also a beneficiary of extended term limits just like his Burundian counterpart Pierre Nkurunziza.
Tanzania is also keen on forestalling the crisis in Burundi, which has already left it and Rwanda hosting thousands of Burundian refugees.
Tanzania, the sitting EAC chair, has borne the brunt of Burundi refugees since the instability began in April last year with the current numbers standing at 122,839.