25 January 2016

East Africa: Burundi Team Arrives for Public Hearing On Country's Situation

Arusha — A Burundi delegation, led by the Minister in Charge of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ambassador Alain Aimé Nyamitwe, has arrived to present submissions in a public hearing here.

Also in the delegation is Minister of Public Security Alain Guillaume Bunyoni, Minister to the Office of the President responsible for East African Community Affairs Léontine Nzeyimana and spokesperson of the Ruling Party CNDD-FDD, Mr Gélase Ndabirabe, according to the EALA spokesperson, Mr Bobi Odiko.

Others are leader of the SANGWE PADER Party, Mr Augustin Nzojibwami, leader of the FNL Party, Mr Jacques Bigirimana, leader of UPRONA Party, Madame Concile Nibigira, and the leader of the Coalition of Parties (COPA), Mr Jean de Dieu Mutabazi.

Regional Parliamentarians from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, who converge in Arusha this week, will be hearing public reports from East African citizens regarding the situation in Burundi.

This will be the second public hearing workshop on the Petition filed at East African Legislative Assembly by the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) on the deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in the Republic of Burundi which takes place at the EALA Chambers today.

The EALA Regional Affairs and Conflict Resolution Committee (RACR) initially called for the public hearing workshop on January 13-16, 2016 to review the petition by the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) submitted to EALA in November 2015 on the subject matter.

However, the assembly received a letter from the Burundi Government dated January 8, 2016, indicating their unavailability on the dates (January 13-16) but reiterating the desire to participate in the workshop after January 18.

On the first day, the Public Hearing Workshop orally received the petition from the six petitioners.

The presentation was made on behalf of the petitioners by the Chief Executive Officer of PALU, Mr Don Deya. Immediately thereafter, members took the opportunity to seek clarifications on the presentation.

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