East African leaders press EU to lift sanctions on Burundi

Presidents of Tanzania and Uganda have called for the European Union to lift sanctions on Burundi.

Presidents Yoweri Museveni and John Magufuli made the appeal at a meeting of East African Community heads of State but a representative of the European bloc dismissed the calls. EU ambassador to Tanzania and the EAC stressed that the sanctions would remain as long as the situation remains as it currently stands.

Burundi’s sometimes violent political crisis began in April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a third term that was deemed unconstitutional by his opponents.

Around 400,000 people have left Burundi because of the crisis and hundreds have died in violent clashes and targeted attacks.