The chairperson of the African Union Commission (AU) Dlamini-Zuma has said the African Union will not tolerate any attempts to destabilize the peace and stability in Burundi as the country prepares to hold presidential elections in June.
“Our desire is that Burundi remains stable and peaceful so that it can address the different challenges in the education, infrastructure, energy and other sectors,” Madam Zuma said during her visit to Bujumbura on Thursday.
She said although there were 17 other African countries preparing for elections in the next few years, “Burundi remained at the heart of AU because it’s a country that had gone through a lot of challenges.”
“The continent will therefore join Burundians to help them in resolving their problems,” the AU chairperson said.
Madam Zuma’s visit comes at a time when opposition parties have denounced the rearming of youths affiliated to the ruling party, and they have equally threatened to chase away officials of the National Independent Electoral Commission whom they accuse of planing to rig elections in favour of the ruling party.
On the other hand, the ruling party has accused the opposition of plotting to sabotage the elections through destabilizing acts. Enditem