Kenyan troops in East African Standby Force could be deployed in Burundi

President Uhuru Kenyatta shares a light moment with Defence CS Raychelle Omamo and former Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces Julius Karangi during a demonstration mounted by KDF soldiers on September 5, 2015. Ms Omamo will on September 21, 2016 lead the East African Standby Force to celebrate International Day of Peace in Nairobi. PHOTO | SAMUEL MIRING'U | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Article 4(h) [of the AU Constitutive ACT]
    The Union shall function in accordance with the following principles:
    “the right of the Union to intervene in a Member State pursuant
    to a decision of the Assembly in respect of grave circumstances,
    namely: war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.”
  • The AU Peace and Security Council has powers to authorise an intervention force for humanitarian, peace and security purposes.
  • African Union approved plans to send troops to the conflict-ridden Burundi even without permission from Bujumbura.
  • On Thursday, AU warned it will not allow another “genocide” in Africa, following that in Rwanda in 1994 where more than 800, 0000 people were killed.

Kenyan forces in the East African Standby Force could be sent to quell clashes in Burundi if the UN Security Council endorses African Union’s decision to send 5,000 troops to the strife-torn central African nation.

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