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AU troops vital in Burundi, Defence chairman says

19 December 2015, 20:49 Joseph Njung'eh

Burundi - The parliamentary chairman Defence and Foreign Relations Committee, Ndung’u Gethenji has welcomed the presence of African Union troops in Burundi. saying they will restore peace and normalcy in the East African country that was at the verge of civil war.

He asked its President, Pierre Nkurinziza to allow for dialogue with the opposition in order to end the conflicts that have left many people dead and thousands displaced.

“When your neighbour is distressed, you also feel troubled. Deploying AU troops will ensure peace prevails in Burundi. With AU, it is African countries working to solve African problems instead of waiting for help from Western countries. Africa can solve its own problems,” said Gethenji who is also the Tetu MP.

He said the AU summit will meet at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in January next year to discuss the issue of Burundi among other agenda.

Gethenji made the remarks at his constituency in Kanyinya village after issuing travel and scholarship documents to a High School leaver, Paul Mwaniki, who is travelling to Algeria for higher education studies.

Mwaniki said he will study Commerce as he thanked the Algeria and Kenyan governments for giving him that opportunity.

The 22-year-old man landed the scholarship after scoring an A in last year’s KCSE, even though he has been engaging in casual jobs to earn a living.

He said his studies have been funded up to PhD level.

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