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Burundi: EAC summit in Tanzania postponed for lack of quorum

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The summit of the heads of state of the six-member East African Community (EAC) scheduled to start on Friday in Tanzania’s tourist city of Arusha was postponed in the last minute due to a lack of quorum.

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, the chairman of the summit, announced the postponement of the summit to Dec. 27 after the absence of the representatives from Burundi.

President Museveni announced the postponement of the summit after consultations with Tanzanian President John Magufuli and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, said a statement from Tanzania’s Directorate of Presidential Communication in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

Burundi is reported to have requested for the postponement of the summit due to its domestic issues, including matters pertaining to preparation of the new constitution and preparation for the 2020 elections.


Burundi issues arrest warrants for former President Pierre Buyoya

BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) -- Burundi Attorney General Sylvestre Nyandwi on Friday evening announced the issuance of 17 international arrest warrants, including that of former Burundi President Pierre Buyoya, for suspicion of involving in assassinating Burundi’s first Hutu President Melchior Ndadaye.

"As the 17 persons are not on the Burundian territory, we have launched international arrest warrants so that countries hosting them can arrest them and extradite them to Burundi in order to explain their suspected role in the assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye," Nyandwi said at a press briefing in Burundian capital Bujumbura.

Nyandwi called on political leaders to abstain from interfering in the ongoing process of investigations by avoiding ambiguous speeches and rather cooperate with the prosecution.

Besides the former Tutsi president who was in office from 1987 to 1993 and from 1996 to 2003, the wanted include ministers in his presidential terms and retired senior army officers.

Buyoya has been High Representative of the African Union (AU) for Mali and the Sahel since Oct. 2012, and is staying in Mali.

Four retired senior army officers were arrested last Saturday in Bujumbura for allegedly being among masterminds in the killing of Ndadaye.

Ndadaye was killed on Oct. 21, 1993, just 102 days after he was sworn in as president.

Despite the adoption of a ethnic unity charter on Feb. 5, 1991, when the country’s three main ethnic groups—Hutu, Tutsi and Twa—accepted to live in harmony and avoid confrontations, one of the biggest crises broke out with the assassination of Ndadaye, which sparked inter-ethnic violence with at least 300,000 victims.

Tanzanian police gun down six suspected bandits

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian police on Thursday killed six suspected bandits who were on an attempt to rob a wealthy businessman.

Lazaro Mambosasa, the Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, said the suspected bandits were armed with an AK47 military firearm and 11 rounds of ammunition.

"One of the dead bodies had an identification card showing he was working in Burundi," Mambosasa told a news conference in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

He said police rounded and attacked the suspects at between 3.30 a.m. and 4 a.m. local time at Ubungo area where the businessman was traveling to Morogoro with a huge amount of money.

"We cannot release the name of the businessman for security reasons," said the police officer.

Mambosasa said preliminary investigations showed that the suspects had previously stolen huge amounts of money in Dar es Salaam and Geita regions.

On Nov. 16, police killed seven suspected armed robbers in Mwanza city on the southern shores of Lake Victoria.

Jonathan Shanna, Mwanza regional police commander, said the gangsters were killed and one police officer injured during a fierce exchange of fire at Kishiri ward in Nyamagana district.

Shanna added that the police also seized two firearms and 77 rounds of ammunition used by the armed suspects.


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