AU to deploy human rights observers, military monitors to Burundi

Concerns have been raised about the violence, loss of life, and political instability in the country.

FILE: Burundian soldiers patrol during the construction of several marquees on the outskirt of Musaga neighbourhood in Bujumbura. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - The African Union will deploy 100 human rights observers and 100 military monitors to check on the situation in Burundi.

The announcement follows yesterday's visit to Bujumbura by President Jacob Zuma at the head of a five-man delegation of African head of state.

The final communique of the AU High Level Delegation to Burundi expresses its concerns about the levels of violence, loss of life, and the general state of political instability in the country.

It strongly holds that the solution to Burundi political problems can be attained only through inclusive and peaceful engagement.

President Pierre Nkurunziza's government has committed to continue the steps it has begun to open up space for free political activity by the people of Burundi and ensure the freedom of the media; and

agreed to the deployment of 100 human rights observers and 100 military monitors to Burundi.