Museveni Disagrees with Nkurunziza on EAC Summit

President Yoweri Museveni seems to have fallen out with fellow Burundian President Nkuruziza as he has insisted that the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State Summit must take place on November 30, 2018 as planned before.

Nkuruziza has protested that the summit be adjourned on grounds that Burundi received a late communication about the Summit.

Confidential correspondences obtained by Daily Monitor show that Nkurunziza had argued for the summit’s postponement.

Burundian president Nkurunziza, in a letter dated November 22, told Museveni, who is EAC chairman, that the communication about the Summit “though signed on Oct.30, reached Burundi Embassy in Uganda on November 19 by note verbal no. PRO/380/04 from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and my (Nkurunziza) office on November 21.”

The Burundian leader said “this gave us a more or less a week to be ready” for the Summit due this Friday in Arusha, Tanzania. 

Nkurunziza, urges that his government “considesr the period to be at very short notice for thorough preparations for a summit, which in terms of communication of notice require 4 weeks…”

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Nkurunziza went o a head to even sent his foreign minister Ezechiel Nibigira to Uganda to meet Museveni on the matter.

The Minister was accompanied by Burundi’s Ambassador to Uganda, Mr. Jean Bosco Barege, the Secretary General of the ruling Party, Mr Evariste Ndayishimiye and Mr Emmanuel Manirakira. 

All in vain the outcome from their meeting indicates that President Museveni has rejected Nkurunziza’s request, saying the Burundian leader “may be right on procedural matters” but that “I do not agree to postponement of the Summit.”

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