The chief executive officer of the Forum for Strengthening the Civil Society (FORSC) in Burundi says President Pierre Nkurunziza’s administration has shown bad faith in the ongoing peace talks. Vital Nshimirimana made the comment Thursday after the government issued a statement saying the presidential election will proceed on the July 21 rescheduled date, despite the peace negotiations. Regional leaders recently chose Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to help the Burundians resolve the crisis that has forced more than 140,000 to flee to neighboring countries.
The government’s announcement followed Thursday’s peace talks between representatives of the administration and oppositions groups mediated by Uganda’s Defense Minister Crispus Kiyonga.
Nshimirimana questioned the impact the peace talks will now have on resolving the crisis, adding that the government’s action undermines efforts to restore peace in the East African country.
“This is to say that the government doesn’t want to listen to other parties and the same being the cause of the crisis. So, this is a message that might say that the government is in bad faith of talking with other parties,” said Nshimirimana.
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