East African leaders have condemned coup attempt in Burundi when General Godefroid Niyombare reportedly deposed President Pierre Nkurunziza while he was attending regional summit in Tanzania.
Nkurunziza was attending regional presidents meeting of a five-nation East African Community, EAC made up of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda as well as Burundi aimed at ending weeks of violent protests in Burundi against the president’s bid to stand for a third term, when General Niyombare, who launched a coup yesterday ordered the closure of Bujumbura airport and land borders as President Nkurunziza tried to fly home to his troubled nation from Tanzania.
General Niyombare ordered in a radio broadcast that: “I order the closure of the airport and border, and I ask every citizen and law enforcement down to the airport to protect it.”
General Niyombare’s action was immediately condemned by East African leaders when Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete said at the end of the day-long crisis meeting that: “The summit condemns the coup in Burundi, it does not solve problems in Burundi.”
It was gathered that demonstrators took part in a protest in Bujumbura, the country’s capital, yesterday when the general announced the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
But Kikwete, speaking in Tanzania’s coastal city of Dar es Salaam, said: “We call upon the return to the constitutional order. Given the situation in Burundi conditions are not conducive for elections in Burundi, and the summit calls upon the authorities to postpone the elections for a period not beyond the mandate of the current government.”


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