“I assured the Burundian president of the Kenyan government commitment to support the inter-Burundian dialogue so that there is peace in Burundi. We believe there is need for shared prosperity and for us, to share prosperity, there is need for stability,” said new Kenyan Ambassador to Burundi Kenneth Nandi Vitisia.
Vitisia indicated that he assured Nkurunziza of Kenya’s continued commitment to work closely with the people of Burundi to ensure that both countries develop “economically and politically.”
Burundi and Kenya are both members of the East African Community (EAC) made up of five countries including Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
Burundi is since April facing a political stalemate that started with the announcement of the third term bid of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza considered by the opposition and the civil society as a violation of the country’s constitution.
The Burundian civil society claims that at least 300 people have been killed while 200,000 people are reported to have sought exile in neighboring countries.
The Burundian government believes that an inter-Burundian dialogue will restore peace and stability, but the dialogue that was launched last month has not yet involved Burundian citizens who went into exile. Enditem