“Participants to the first sessions of the inter-Burundian dialogue notably suggested the amendment of the national constitution to avoid confusion and misinterpretations,” said Monsignor Justin Nzoyisaba, Chairman of the National Inter-Burundian Dialogue Commission (CNDI).

BurundiAccording to him, participants also suggested the assessment of the 2000 Arusha Agreement in order to “consolidate” democracy in Burundi.

Last week, the CNDI conducted the first consultations on the inter-Burundian dialogue with various groups in the provinces of Kirundo, Gitega, Rutana, Kayanza and the capital Bujumbura.

Nzoyisaba indicated that the consultations are to extend to other provinces of the east African nation.

Participants to those consultations include representatives of political parties, religious organizations, the civil society, the local administration, people living with disabilities, the Twa minority group, women and youths’ organizations, journalists’ organizations and labor unions.

The regional dialogue organized under the auspices of the Ugandan mediation has however stalled.

On Dec. 28, 2015, at the re-launch of the inter-Burundian dialogue at Entebbe, Uganda, under the Ugandan facilitation, participants including the opposition in exile and the facilitation decided to meet again in Arusha, Tanzania, on Jan. 6, but the Burundian government boycotted the session, arguing that the date did not meet an agreement.

The Burundian government was also against the participation, in the talks, of what it called “people who participated in the failed coup plot” on May 13, 2015.

Since April 2015, with the outbreak of protests against the third term bid of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza and his controversial re-election in July, violence has left over 400 dead in the east African nation, according to civil society groups. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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