Senior FRODEBU leaders meet in Nairobi

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Senior officials from the Hutu dominated Front for Democracy in Burundi (FRODEBU) left Bujumbura on Sunday for a meeting with their exiled colleagues in Nairobi, the private radio station "Bonesha FM" (Enlightener) reported Monday.
The radio identified these leaders as being Vice President Frederick Bavuginyumvira, the Speaker of Parliament, Leonce Ngendakumana, the party's Secretary General, Domitien Ndayizaye, and the FRODEBU Spokesman, Charles Karikurubu.
While in the Kenyan capital, the delegation would confer with the exiled FRODEBU President Jean Minani as well Laurence Ndadaye, the widow of the founder of the FRODEBU party, Melchior Ndadaye, who was assassinated in October 1993.
Former President Syslvestre Ntibantunganya is also being expected at the Nairobi meeting.
The incumbent President Pierre Buyoya in a 1996 military coup ousted Ntibantunganya.
FRODEBU's Secretary General Domitien Ndayizeye told the radio that the objective of the meeting was to "prepare for the crucial stage for the installation of the new State institutions" as stipulated under the 28 August 2000 inter Burundi agreements signed in Arusha, Tanzania.
Ndayizeye has announced that he would run for the post of transitional Vice President under the 36-month transition period.
According to the agreement, a Tutsi would be interim president for the first 18 months seconded by a Hutu vice president.
A candidate from the majority Hutu would be president in the next phase, seconded by a Tutsi.
Four Tutsi candidates including the incumbent President Pierre Buyoya have declared their candidature.
Meanwhile, a delegation of representatives from the civil society, the army and religious groups is expected to hold talks with former President Nelson Mandela in Pretoria next Friday.
Mandela is the official mediator in the Burundi crisis triggered by Ndadaye's assassination by Tutsi soldiers in October 1993.

30 april 2001 17:53:00

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