‘Peace & security have been restored in Burundi’

Burundi’s envoy to South Africa discounts fears that the security situation in his country is deteriorating.

FILE: A protester opposed to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term brandishes a rock demonstration in the Buyenzi. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Burundi's ambassador to South Africa discounts fears that the security situation in his country is deteriorating.

He tells a seminar organised by the Southern African Liaison Office that peace and security have been restored in the country torn by President Pierre Nkurunziza seeking an unconstitutional third term in power.

Ambassador Isaie Ntirizoshira says his President Nkurunziza cannot be blamed for last year's post-election crisis in Burundi because Nkurunziza's third mandate was approved by the country's constitutional court.

He took exception to speakers referring to a deteriorating situation in Burundi.

Dr Martin Rupiya of Unisa's Institute for African Renaissance Studies told the seminar Burundi, like Lesotho, South Sudan and Central Africa Republic are countries that simply need more time to prepare proper elections.