African Union to send monitors to Burundi soon – Jacob Zuma

Aliyu Othman

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa says the African Union will send special monitors to Bujumbura as part of peace efforts in Burundi.

President Zuma who disclosed this at the end of a two day peace mission to Burundi last week, added that the AU monitors would include 100 human rights monitors and 100 military monitors.

The South African President did not give details as to the nature of the work of the monitors and when they will be in Bujumbura for the assigned monitoring.

It would be recalled that President Zuma led an AU mission to Burundi to broker peace between the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza, the opposition and other stakeholders with President Maky Sall of Senegal,President Ali Umar Bongo of Gabon, President Mohammad Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia as members.

It is expected that President Nkurunziza of Burundi had agreed to such monitors and the modalities for their operations before their mobilization by the African Union.