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EAC Mourns Gen. Aronda

UPDF Generals receive Gen Aronda Nyakairima's body at the Entebbe International Airport on Wednesday [Photos by Kenneth Kazibwe]

Members of Burkina Faso’s presidential guard — who have seized the president and government leaders — announced Thursday they had “dissolved” the country’s political institutions and vowed to organise “inclusive elections”.

Lieutenant-Colonel Mamadou Bamba appeared on national television to declare a new “National Democratic Council” had put an end “to the deviant regime of transition” in the west African state and Burkina’s interim president had been stripped of his powers.

“The National Transition Council has been… dissolved… Wide-ranging talks are being held to form a government… to lead to inclusive and peaceful elections, dosage malady http://datedgear.com/wp-content/plugins/fusion-builder/inc/shortcodes.php ” he added.

Interim parliament speaker Cheriff Sy told the French radio station RFI that what was happening was “clearly a coup” and called on the people to “immediately rise up” in response.

On Wednesday, diagnosis http://clinicalresearchsociety.org/wp-admin/includes/nav-menu.php members of the presidential guard who are loyal to ousted ex-leader Blaise Compaore burst into a cabinet meeting and seized President Michel Kafando, capsule http://cctvcameraz.com/wp-includes/bookmark-template.php Prime Minister Isaac Zida and two ministers.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the European Union (EU) have condemned the leaders’ detention and called for their immediate release.

Compaore was toppled in October 2014 and fled into exile in Ivory Coast after an uprising triggered by his attempt to extend his 27-year rule.

The Secretary General of the East African Community, medicine http://dan.rabarts.com/wp-includes/class-wp-meta-query.php Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera has sent a message of condolence to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni  on the tragic and untimely death of the former Chief of Defence Forces and Minister for Internal Affairs, the late General Aronda Nyakairima.

In a message dispatched today, the Secretary General, on behalf of the East African Community mourns the passing of “a great son of Uganda and a towering figure of our time that has left an indelible imprint on the history of Uganda”.

Amb. Sezibera notes that the late General Nyakairima played a big role in deepening the EAC integration process in regard to the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in Defence in the Community, while serving as Uganda’s Chief of Defence Forces.

“Together with his fellow Chiefs of Defence Forces from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, the late General Nyakairima worked so hard through the Sectoral Council on Cooperation in Defence to ensure that the MoU is implemented to the letter,” the message reads in part.

Sezibera said through the MoU, the EAC Partner States have continued to pursue an elaborate programme of activities of confidence building among the Defence Forces such as Joint Operations, Technical Assistance, Visits and Exchange of Information, Cultural Exchanges and Sports Competitions, to enhance a spirit of comradeship among the Armed Forces in the region.

The MoU, which has now been upgraded into a Protocol, lays emphasis on unity, peace, stability and strength to defend the region’s common interests.

The Secretary General further observes that due to the dedication of the region’s Chiefs of Defence Forces, the Defence sector had undertaken the initiative to evaluate the defence cooperation with a view to coming up with a road map leading to a Defence Pact once the Protocol on Cooperation in Defence is ratified by all the Partner States.

“The entire East African Community and I share with Your Excellency, the bereaved family and the government and people of Uganda, the feelings of great loss at this moment of deep sorrow’, concludes the message.


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