Burundi - AU Warns Government
The African Union (AU) has warned the Government of Burundi after an international arrest warrant was issued for the country’s former president Pierre Buyoya and other officials, following the arrest of four former senior military officers and a civilian.
The arrest warrant names Buyoya, currently serving as the AU’s special envoy to Mali, along with various officials as being suspected of involvement in the 1993 assassination of President Ndadaye. Ndadaye’s death triggered a 12-year long civil war between the country’s two largest ethnic groups, the Hutu and the Tutsi in which an estimated 300,000 died.
Burundi remains in a state of unrest following incumbent President Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in office in 2015 in contravention of the 2000 Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Accords.
Buyoya has dismissed the accusations as being politically motivated in nature and described them as an attempt to stir up divisions and detract attention from current instability.