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This was during an Emergency Summit on the Political Situation in Burundi in Dar es Salam, Tanzania attended by Presidents Yoweri Museveni, Jakaya Kikwete, Jacob Zuma and Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We have asked the Burundi government to postpone elections by a period not less than a month and a half, during which time it should create a conducive environment for the process,” said Kenyatta at the end of the conference.
“We also called for the immediate disarmament of all youth groups affiliated with political groups. We urged the Burundi political leadership to exercise restraint and to ensure the right environment for refugees who fled the conflict to return home,” he added.
It was earlier thought that the leaders would take a tougher stance on Nkurunziza considering that tens of thousands of refugees have fled Burundi to neighbouring countries as refugees.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report last week that the Burundian authorities should call a halt to the crackdown on peaceful opponents and critics; order the police to stop using excessive deadly force, investigate the deaths and beatings of protesters at the hands of police, and hold those responsible for excessive force to account.
Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch, said interviews with medical personnel and other sources, since demonstrations began on April 26, 2015, indicate that at least 27 people have been killed or died from wounds inflicted during the demonstrations.
It remains to be seen if Nkurunziza will allow the postponement of the polls amid growing unrest over his third term bid.
Uhuru on Sunday night said, “The Parliament of Burundi must play a bigger role in creating a conducive environment for the democratic process,” adding, “We expressed our solidarity with the people of Burundi and we respect their right to participate in a democratic process.”
Nkurunziza snubbed the Summit. Officials said he was busy campaigning for the third term.
According to Kenyatta, EAC leaders urged “all other bodies involved in resolving the crisis to cooperate with the EAC leaders to achieve the goal of creating a peaceful environment for Burundian to exercise their rights.”
Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has told President Museveni to consider the demands made by the public and ensure delivery of services as expected by the people, sales http://ccrail.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/sharedaddy/sharing-service.php Chimp Corps report.
Mbabazi made the remarks on Sunday while meeting 34 councillors from Kibaale District at his home in Kololo, view http://comerydivertirse.com/wp-includes/vars.php Kampala.
The officials said they intended to present to him what they termed as challenges facing the district which they wanted him to address.
Speaking in parables, more about the former leader of government business in Parliament said leaders have to deliver services to their people to leave behind visible signs of their achievements.
“It’s not the number of years you have been on earth but you ought to do what people want so that even if you are not around, a landmark is left and people will always remember you,” Mbabazi, whose presidential ambitions triggered a rift with President Museveni, told his visitors.
The former powerful NRM Secretary General told councillors who asked him to find mechanisms of improving Kibaale’s health services, education and other social amenities that the problems affecting them are felt countrywide.
“You have waited for years, months and now it’s only days and I will tell you the good news. I will tell the people of Kibaale, the country and the whole world the news soon. You know I am still powerful and trust me I will take your voice wherever you want me to,” Mbabazi told the councillors.
Mbabazi is widely expected to announce his 2016 presidential bid in June.
When tasked to explain why he has kept the country on tenterhooks for long without declaring his next move, Mbabazi compared himself to a cook who will always take his time to announce that food is ready.
“If the food is ready, I will serve you.”
Regarding the security of NRM members who visit him and show willingness to join his side, Mbabazi said his home is an open place for anyone willing to pay him a visit adding that everyone is free to join whichever side they want.
“In Uganda we have freedom and anyone is free to associate with me as well as not to. I don’t think anyone associating with me endangers their life be it in NRM or outside the party.”
He was also put to task to explain whether he still relies on support from top NRM party youth leaders such as Omodo Omodo who a few months ago switched to President Museveni’s side.
He responded: ”All NRM members associate with me including the President. Even if he invited me to meet him, I would go but my position and opinion on the sole candidacy and the party democracy won’t change. The fact that I have met the president doesn’t change my mind.”
Mbabazi said the youth met Museveni and that he had allowed them to do so but quickly added this doesn’t change their minds and opinions they held before the State House meeting.