BURUNDI TO ATTEND EAC SUMMIT AFTER POSTPONEMENT: SPOKESMAN

BUJUMBURA, Burundi- Burundi will attend a forthcoming summit of heads of state of the six-member East African Community (EAC), due on Dec 27, in Tanzania's Arusha, after it was postponed, due to Burundi's absence, Burundian presidential spokesperson, Jean Claude Karerwa, said.

Burundi had enough time to prepare for the 20th summit of the EAC heads of state, said Karerwa.

Burundian President, Pierre Nkurunziza, may attend the summit, or designate a senior government official, to represent him, he said.

The summit, originally scheduled to start on Nov 30, in Arusha, was postponed, due to a lack of quorum, after the absence of representatives from Burundi.

Nkurunziza had requested more time for preparing the summit, in a letter to Ugandan President and EAC chairperson, Yoweri Museveni.

He said, the invitation letter to the summit, dated Oct 30, reached his office on Nov 21, while the rules of procedures of the EAC heads of state summit, provide that an ordinary summit gives member states at least four weeks for preparation.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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