South African President Jacob Zuma has informed that the African Union (AU) will send 200 human rights and military monitors to Burundi.
Zuma made the comments after a trip to the East African country which is facing its worst crisis since a civil war ended a decade ago.
While delivering a statement on Saturday by the delegation of African leaders that he leads, Zuma however did not actually say when the monitors would arrive in Burundi.
“The government of Burundi has committed to the following: the government will continue the steps it has begun to open up space for free political activity by the people of Burundi and ensure the freedom of the media. The AU will deploy 100 human rights observers and 100 military monitors to Burundi to monitor the situation,” Zuma said.
Continuing, Zuma noted that; “We are pleased with the participation and contributions of all the sectors. The high-level delegation of the heads of state and government express its concerns about the levels of violence, loss of life and the general state of political instability in the country.
“We are, however, pleased that all parties expressed strong commitment to resolving whatever political problems exist through inclusive and peaceful dialogue.” He added.
Burundi has been dogged with civil strife since April after President Pierre Nkurunziza declared his intention to run for a third term with more than 400 killed in protests.
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