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Museveni Warns on Burundi Crisis

Museveni addressing the press at State House Entebbe recently (Photo: Kenneth Kazibwe/CR)

President Paul Kagame this week met with the Attorney-General of the United States, cialis 40mg http://d4462130.u92.platformpublishing.com.au/wp-content/plugins/appointment-calendar-premium/uninstall-plugin.php Loretta E Lynch, http://crewftlbr.org/wp-content/themes/crew/functions.php to discuss ways of strengthening bilateral judicial ties between Rwanda and the US through increased cooperation in bringing genocide fugitives to face justice.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is in Rwanda for the 84th Interpol General Assembly.

While addressing over 1,000 delegates – including 640 police chiefs and senior law enforcement officials gathered in Kigali for the four-day General Assembly, AG Lynch commended Interpol for taking the lead in encouraging mutual assistance between law enforcement agencies worldwide.

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This, she said, leads to efficient cooperation in matters of security, opportunity and human rights.

AG Loretta Lynch pointed out that human trafficking is one of her priorities and remains one of the foremost challenges for the international community.

Prior to meeting President Kagame, on Monday 02 November 2015, Loretta Lynch held talks with her Rwandan counterpart, Johnston Busingye.

“I was delighted to meet with him and the team, and we heard about the work they are doing in important areas such as access to justice, and making the system accessible to all Rwandans.”

She further noted that the US looks forward to continuing a strong working relationship with the Government of Rwanda.

According to Rwanda’s Minister of Justice/Attorney General, Johnston Busingye, the two also discussed the obligation of the international community in bringing fugitives of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi to account.

“It is important for the world to bring Genocide fugitives to account, it is important for the world to understand that it is an obligation of every state to do what they must do in order to make [genocide fugitives] have their day in court,” said Minister Busingye.

Loretta Lynch is the first US Attorney General to visit Rwanda.
President Museveni has expressed concern over the growing political turmoil in Burundi as reports indicate that the country is fast sliding into anarchy, approved http://clintonhouse.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-client-server.php Chimp Corps report.

“I was reading the report today but I haven’t finished it, physician http://consolibyte.com/scripts/build/build_20130416/docs/example_web_connector_minimal.php ” Museveni told journalists at State House Entebbe on Wednesday afternoon when asked about the progress of his intervention in the Burundi crisis.

“Burundi is not doing well; it’s not, drugs http://chuckatuckhistory.com/wp-admin/includes/update.php ” he emphasised.

This development comes against the backdrop of mounting pressure on the Ugandan leader to do more to bring an end to the violence in Burundi.

Dead bodies of slaughtered opposition supporters continue to pile on Bujumbura streets while heavy fighting between rebels and government is escalating in the country.

On October 23, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed its concern over the “rapidly worsening” security and human rights situation in Burundi, where at least 198 people have been killed since April, including the execution of at least nine civilians.

According to the United Nations, Burundi is facing its deepest political crisis since the end of the civil war, after President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a controversial third term in office.

A broad array of actors warned that his attempt was unconstitutional and contrary to the spirit of the 2000 Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi.

U.S. President Barack Obama last week informed Congress that he intended to terminate the designation of Burundi as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country under AGOA as of January 1, 2016.

Obama accused the Burundi government of blocking opposing parties from holding organizational meetings and campaigning throughout the electoral process.

“Police and armed youth militias with links to the ruling party have intimidated the opposition, contributing to nearly 200,000 refugees fleeing the country since April 2015,” said Obama.

AU toughens

Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has reiterated the AU’s deep concern about the situation obtaining in Burundi.

She noted the “continuation of acts of violence and the increase of statements that are likely to further aggravate the current situation and create conditions for more instability, with devastating consequences for Burundi and the whole region.”

Dlamini further expressed AU’s strong condemnation of all acts of violence and violations of human rights, as well as of all statements that can inflame the situation.

She recalled that the Peace and Security Council of AU recently decided, in support of the efforts aimed at finding an early and consensual solution to the crisis facing Burundi, to impose targeted sanctions against all Burundian actors whose action and statements contribute to the persistence of violence and impede the search for a solution.

“Only an inclusive dialogue, bringing together all Burundian stakeholders, will enable Burundi to overcome the serious prevailing challenges and prevent the situation from totally undermining the gains made since the signing of the Arusha Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation,” said Dlamini.

She urged the Burundian authorities and other concerned actors to “demonstrate the sense of responsibility that the situation demands and to place the interests of the Burundian people above any other consideration.”

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