EAC pleased with Burundi peace process

11May 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
EAC pleased with Burundi peace process

THE East African Community’s (EAC) secretary general, Liberat Mfumukeko has expressed satisfaction with steps taken to restore peace in Burundi.

Liberat Mfumukeko

“Burundi has made substantial progress in establishing and maintaining peace and stability following a year-long crisis,” said Mfumukeko, when he met with the German Ambassador to Tanzania and EAC, Egon Kochanke.

According to the EAC boss, attainment of peace and stability in Burundi amounts to peace and stability in the entire region, adding that regional and international stakeholders should actively engage in the attainment of these objectives.

Burundi plunged into crisis in April last year soon after the ruling political party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy – Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), announced that the incumbent President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, would run for a third term in the 2015 presidential election.

On the South Sudan accession to EAC, the official informed the German envoy that South Sudan has been given six month to complete the ratification process of the Accession Treaty signed on April 15, 2016, after which the country will be a full member of the EAC.

He also hailed Germany for its support to the EAC spanning the years since the re-establishment of the cooperation between the three founding EAC partner states to the present, when the community has expanded to include Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.

“We have truly benefited from German support which has catalysed other development partners to support our projects and programmes,” he said.

Kochanke also congratulated Mfumukeko on his appointment and noted the impressive progress in the EAC integration process and re-affirmed his country’s continued support to EAC projects and programs.

“We are very happy with our relationship with EAC and I am looking forward to a strong partnership in the development of the regional bloc,” he said.