President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenyatta said in a statement that violence in Burundi jeopardized the future of the Central African state.

President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta

“President Kenyatta expresses deep concern at the unfolding events in Burundi and condemns the use of violence to pursue political objectives,” read the statement.

Kenyatta last Sunday sent his special envoy to Burundi to meet the protagonists and urge them to lay down arms, according to the statement.

“The president’s special envoy delivered a special message to his Excellency President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi. He also met political and religious leaders and visited Burundi countryside,” said the statement.

Burundi has seen turmoil since April when President Nkurunziza decided to run for a third term which he later won.

The opposition parties, accusing the president’s re-election as unconstitutional, are behind a wave of demonstrations that have engulfed the capital Bujumbura.

Violence has killed some 300 people since April, according to civil society groups.

President Kenyatta in his capacity as the Chairman of the East African community led a mediation process to prevent Burundi from sliding into anarchy.

“The President calls for a cessation of violence and urges all Burundian stakeholders in the current conflict to embrace honest and inclusive dialogue as the only way to secure sustainable peace in the country,” said the statement.

It added that Kenya supports mediation efforts led by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni under the auspices of the East African Community.

“President Kenyatta believes that the August 2000 Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi, of which Kenya is a guarantor, forms an important basis for the attainment of peace, security, and stability in Burundi,” added the statement.

President Kenyatta urged political and religious leaders in Burundi to sit in a table of dialogue and accelerate the search for peace in the country.

“The leaders of Burundi must place the interest of their nation, the aspirations and safety of their people, and the destiny of future generations at the fore of their activities in the weeks and months to come. The guns must be silenced. Peace must prevail,” Kenyatta said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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