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CSOs expect good results in fifth round of dialogue session

Following the announcement of the 5th round of the dialogue session from 19 to 24 October, local civil society organizations call on the facilitation office to consider the opinions of all participants.

Gabriel Rufyiri: “Participants must consider the general interests rather than the individual ones”.

Gabriel Rufyiri: “Participants must consider the general interests rather than the individual ones”.

Gabriel Rufyiri, Chairman of OLUCOME-the corruption watchdog, says the invitation he was given is twofold. “We will first have consultation sessions from 16 to 17 October and the dialogue session which will take place at the same place from 19 to 24 October”, he says. Participants will conduct serious discussions on the restoration of the Arusha Agreement signed after ten years of civil war. We believe that the dialogue will be as inclusive as possible, he adds.

Gabriel Rufyiri calls on the office of the facilitation in the inter-Burundian dialogue to be careful and avoid disruption. “There are some people who boycotted the dialogue session because they met people that they didn’t expect to sit together with”, he says. For him, participants should seek the general interests rather than the individual ones.

Jean Marie Nduwimana, Legal Representative of PISC Burundi who was also invited, says the facilitation would take into consideration viewpoints of different people to find solutions to Burundi crisis. “I believe the roadmap that will have resulted from that session will help participants to establish the electoral code,” he says adding that the 5th round of the dialogue session would be the last one. He expects that the 2020 elections will be conducted in smooth atmosphere. “Politicians in exile should also return home and contribute to the preparation for 2020 elections,” he says.

Ambassador David Miyeye Kapya, Senior advisor to the facilitator of the Inter-Burundian dialogue says the objective of the fifth dialogue session is to agree on a roadmap towards 2020 elections and the accompaniment mechanism by the region and the international community among other things.

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