East Africa Community tries to mend Burundi turmoil

In Kinondo area of Bujumbura, police fired shots into the air to disperse demonstrators who had been staging a sit in.

By: Associated Press | Bujumbura | Published: May 6, 2015 7:11 pm
A demonstrator throws a stone at Burundi riot police as a Burundi military truck drives by in Bujumbura, Burundi, Wednesday April 29, 2015. Protesters were again on the streets Wednesday, angry over the Burundian president's third term bid that they say is unconstitutional as a top U.S. diplomat headed to the East African nation. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) A demonstrator throws a stone at Burundi riot police as a Burundi military truck drives by in Bujumbura, Burundi, Wednesday April 29, 2015. Protesters were again on the streets Wednesday, angry over the Burundian president’s third term bid that they say is unconstitutional as a top U.S. diplomat headed to the East African nation. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

A Kenyan official says ministers from the East African Community have travelled to Burundi to help seek a solution for the political unrest caused by Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s second re-election bid.

In the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, roads were barricaded Wednesday with tree stumps as protests by those opposed to the president’s attempt to seek a third term continued for the second week. In Kinondo area of Bujumbura, police fired shots into the air to disperse demonstrators who had been staging a sit in.

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Edwin Limo, a spokesman of the Kenya’s foreign ministry, said ministers from Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda travelled to Burundi to try to end the crisis.

Vladimir Monteriro, a U.N press officer in Bujumbura, said a U.N.-facilitated meeting between government, opposition and civil society started Tuesday.

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