Politics

Dialogue after constitutional referendum won’t matter, political opponent says

The UN Secretary-General Special Envoy, Michel Kafando met William Benjamin Mkapa, the facilitator in Burundi conflict on 22 March in Dar-as- Salaam. The meeting aimed at moving the dialogue process forward, “said Macocha Tembele, Mkapa assistant.

Facilitator in Burundi conflict William Mkapa receiving the UNSG Special Envoy, Michel Kafando

Facilitator in Burundi conflict William Mkapa receiving the UNSG Special Envoy, Michel Kafando

Tatien Sibomana, the spokesman for the coalition of political opposition ‘Amizero y’Abarundi’ says that organizing the dialogue session after the constitutional referendum scheduled for 17 May 2018 will not have any importance. “We fight for the respect of the Constitution resulted from the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement signed in 2000. If the government amends the constitution, the dialogue won’t matter,” he says. He calls on the facilitation office to speed up the dialogue process before the constitutional referendum takes place.

The last dialogue session held in Arusha in November 2017 did not result in the signing of an agreement between the Government of Burundi and its opponents as planned by the facilitator Mkapa.
Former Tanzanian President William Benjamin Mkapa was appointed as facilitator in the Burundian conflict in March 2016 by the Heads of State of the East African Community to help Burundians find the solution to the crisis erupted in April 2015 following the disputed reelection of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

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