African Union deliberates sending East African troops to Burundi

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed (left) with African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui during the Great Lakes retreat at DusitD2 hotel on July 10, 2015. Mr Chergui said on December 17, 2015 that the violence in Burundi has to stop. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The African Union has started talks on sending troops from the East Africa Standby force to the strife-torn nation, on the day the AU warned it would not allow another “genocide” on the continent.
  • The force is composed of military, police and civilians, on standby in their countries of origin ready for rapid deployment.

Kenyan soldiers could be sent to Burundi to stop the country from spiralling into anarchy.

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