Zuma and top level officials to embark on a peace mission to Burundi

A high-level committee of five heads of state and government will visit Burundi to assist with addressing the political situation in the country, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Monday.

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South African President Jacob Zuma hosts the Presidential Investor Luncheon and World Economic Forum review in Cape Town, South Africa, on Feb. 9, 2016. South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday the government and business alike should work to ensure that investment should not be allowed to slow down in difficult times. (Xinhua/DOC/Elmond Jiyane)
South African President Jacob Zuma hosts the Presidential Investor Luncheon and World Economic Forum review in Cape Town, South Africa, on Feb. 9, 2016. South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday the government and business alike should work to ensure that investment should not be allowed to slow down in difficult times. (Xinhua/DOC/Elmond Jiyane)

The committee was appointed during the recently held African Union (AU) Summit in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Zuma said.

South African President Jacob Zuma hosts the Presidential Investor Luncheon and World Economic Forum review in Cape Town, South Africa, on Feb. 9, 2016. South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday the government and business alike should work to ensure that investment should not be allowed to slow down in difficult times. (Xinhua/DOC/Elmond Jiyane)
(Xinhua/DOC/Elmond Jiyane)

Zuma has been appointed as the convenor and leader of the committee. The visit to Burundi will take place on February 25-26.

Zuma was appointed for his previous role as mediator in the Burundi peace process that ended a debilitating civil war.

Violence broke out last April when Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza ran for a third time. Hundreds of people have been killed.

The AU abandoned the initial decision to send a peace keeping mission to the country but instead appointed a committee comprising five heads of state to engage the government.

Burundi’s Parliament has rejected a plan of the AU to deploy peacekeepers to Burundi amid rising insecurity.

Source: Xinhua, February 22, 2016

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