A leading member of Burundi’s opposition FRODEBU Nyakuri Party says heads of state from the East African Community (EAC) have failed the people of Burundi following what he says was their failure to implement measures to resolve the political crisis. Hosted on Monday by Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, the regional leaders held a summit in a bid to help resolve the crisis in Burundi. The leaders called for a postponement of the presidential election scheduled to be held on July 15. But, Issa Ngendakumana, from the FRODEBU Nyakuri party, says the two-week postponement of the presidential vote and the selection of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to mediate an end to the political crisis are unlikely to resolve the ongoing political turmoil in Burundi.
“The East African Community Summit that took place last Monday is a failure because in our view, the summit was there just to take measures to implement what was decided by the AU [African Union] summit in Johannesburg, but they didn’t… They didn’t say anything about the municipal and legislative elections. So we consider that summit was a failure,” said Ngendakumana.
Ngendakumana says the opposition groups have made a unanimous decision to petition the regional leaders on Thursday to do more to end the crisis.
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