Uhuru sends envoy to deal with Burundi crisis
22 December 2015, 19:03
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has attempted to take charge of the crisis in Burundi by sending an envoy to the in-conflict state.
State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu said Interior Permanent Secretar PS Karanja Kibicho has delivered a special message to President Pierre Nkurunziza.
In a statement on Tuesday, the spokesman said Kibicho also met political and religious leaders and visited the Burundi countryside.
"The President expressed deep concern at the unfolding events in Burundi and condemned the use of violence to pursue political objectives," Esipisu said.
The President said the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi, of which Kenya is a Guarantor, forms an important basis for the attainment of peace, security and stability in Burundi.
Uhuru commended the people of Burundi who have demonstrated a desire for peace and a steady rejection of violence.
"We are reminded of the suffering they have experienced in past years of conflict and can see for ourselves their desire to embrace peace. Their dream must not be disappointed," he said.
He said the leaders of Burundi must place the interest of their nation, the aspirations and safety of their people and the destiny of future generations at the fore of their activities in the weeks and months to come.
"The guns must be silenced. Peace must prevail," he added.
Burundi has seen an armed conflict ever since Nkurunziza decided he would go for a third term, against the wishes of the Constitution.
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