Act to stop Burundi bloodshed, urge MPs

Burundi’s security forces inspect a crime scene after three people, who attempted to assassinate a senior officer, were killed in Bujumbura on December 4, 2015. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Burundi’s crisis began in April when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his intention to run for a controversial third term, which he went on to win in July amid bloody protests.

  • But war is not a stranger to the land. Conflict began after first multi-party elections following independence from Belgium in 1962.

  • A group of Kenyan MPs have asked East African leaders to speak out on the bloodshed in Burundi.

With the possibility of the violence in Burundi escalating into a civil war, African Union rights investigators are fearing for the worst.

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