Museveni Speaks on Burundi Crisis

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In short
According to Museveni, the Great Lakes region will not allow genocide to happen in Burundi.

Uganda will not just sit back and watch what is happening in Burundi, President Yoweri Museveni has warned.
According to Museveni, the Great Lakes region will not allow genocide to happen in Burundi.

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Museveni was addressing a Press Conference at Mbale State Lodge on Sunday afternoon.

On Thursday last week, the African Union announced plans to deploy 5000 peacekeepers in Burundi as part of a standby force to protect civilians.

However, Burundi has since protested the proposal saying it was never consulted before the decision was reached. Burundi has been in conflict since April when the country's ruling party nominated Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term in office.

The unrest boiled into a military coup in May that was quickly put down by pro-Nkurunziza forces. At least 87 people were killed in sporadic protests by civilians in Bujumbura who insist Nkurunziza must go after serving the two constitutionally-allowed terms.

However, the Constitutional court ruled in favor of Nkurunziza saying he is eligible for a third term because he was chosen by lawmakers for his first term as opposed to adult suffrage. Amid the political unrest, concern is growing over a possible formation of a new rebel movement based in the country's Northern provinces.

Recently, Burundi's army announced that it had killed more than 40 suspected rebels and captured more than 170 others in the fighting that broke out in the country's north. At least  10,000 Burundian refugees have since fled into Uganda and have been resettled in Nakivale and Kyaka settlements.


About the author

Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.