On Sunday, President Uhuru Kenyatta sent his special envoy, Principle Secretary for Interior Dr Karanja Kibicho to deliver a Special Message to His Excellency President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi.
Dr Kibicho also met with religious and political leaders during his visit to the Burundi countryside carrying a message of peace and unity to end the ongoing crisis that started even before the July 21, 2015 presidential elections.
In a press statement from State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu, President Kenyatta expressed deep concern over the ongoing political violence in Burundi and “called for a cessation of violence and urged all Burundian stakeholders in the current conflict to embrace honest and inclusive dialogue as the only way to secure sustainable peace in the country. This, Kenya believes, is the emphatic desire and demand of the Burundian people.”
Further, Mr Kenyatta condemned the use of violence to pursue political objectives: “Kenya supports the mediation efforts led by His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, under the auspices of the East African Community, and looks forward to the speedy commencement of the inter-Burundian dialogue process,” part of the statement read.
Restoring Peace in the Country
The August 2000 Arusha Peace and 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 the country. As such, Kenya is at the forefront to ensure that Peace prevails in Burundi.
In an effort to restore peace in Burundi, Africa Union Peace and Security Council has pointed out the intention to send 5,000 troops in the East African Nation. The 54-member AU said on Friday that plans are underway to send a strong force to end violence in Burundi as there are fears that the country might be slipping back to civil war.
President Kenyatta further commended the people of Burundi who have demonstrated a desire for peace and unity: “Indeed, 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 called on the leaders of Burundi to 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 urged.