Rwanda: AU, EU disagree on mode of payment for Burundian peacekeepers

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) have disagreed on how to pay salaries of Burundian peacekeepers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) following sanctions slapped on Burundi.  

AMISON has turned down a suggestion by the EU to pay the salaries of the Burundian soldiers directly into their account instead of transferring the money through the Treasury in Bujumbura following sanctions against Burundi over post-electoral violence, an official statement said on Sunday in Kigali.

The Burundian authorities say that the EU's decision aims to divide the government and the army, and cause discontent among the troops.

However, the EU, which finances salaries of the peacekeepers in Somalia, has decided it will no longer channel the salaries of the 5,500 Burundian soldiers through its government.

AMISOM troop contributing countries are Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Police contributing countries are Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

In a statement made available to PANA in Kigali, the AU said it “strongly rejects” the EU’s decision to “differentiate its payment procedure” to the Burundian military contingent in Somalia.

"Such payments are discriminatory, as Burundian troops are part of an overall AU deployment," the statement added.

Reports indicate that AMISOM, whose wages are paid by the EU, comprises 22,000 troops.
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13 november 2016 19:37:24

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