Tanzania: EAC foreign minister visit Burundi

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Bernard Membe, will on Wednesday lead his counterparts from member countries of the East African Community (EAC) on a fact-finding mission to Burundi in the wake of pre-election violence in the country, his ministry said here Monday.

Without giving further details about the ministerial delegation to Bujumbura, the ministry said Membe had a consultation Monday with Burundi’s Foreign Affairs minister, Laurent Kavakure, who arrived here Sunday.

Burundi is a partner of the EAC together with Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda.

Tanzania currently holds the chair of the EAC authority.

Meanwhile, Tanzania’s Home Affairs ministry said Monday that 1,852 asylum seekers from Burundi have arrived in the western region of Kigoma fleeing electoral violence in their country.

A number of them travelled on boats across Lake Tanganyika to Kigoma port and others crossed the common border between the two countries at different entry points.

So far, the ministry said, it had interviewed 1,252 of them to establish their identity and moved them to Nyarugusu refugee camp located in Kasulu district of the same region.

The camp was established in 1996 by the Tanzania government and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to host an influx of refugees from the eastern region of neighbouring DR Congo.
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04 may 2015 15:51:23

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