After snubbing the first public hearing on the deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in Burundi, the government has now confirmed it will send a delegation to the second public hearing of a petition filed at the EALA by the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU).
According to an EALA release, the Burundi delegation will be led to the Monday, January 25 hearing by Ambassador Alain Aimé Nyamitwe, Minister in Charge of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, who will make submissions at the public hearing workshop.
Other members of the delegation include Alain Guillaume Bunyoni, Minister of Public Security; Léontine Nzeyimana, Minister to the Office of the President responsible for East African Community Affairs and Mr Gélase Ndabirabe, spokesperson of the Ruling Party CNDD–FDD.
Others are Mr Augustin Nzojibwami, leader of the SANGWE PADER Party, Leader of the FNL Party Mr Jacques Bigirimana, leader of the UPRONA Party, Ms Concile Nibigira and the leader of the Coalition of Parties (COPA), Mr Jean de Dieu Mutabazi.
The Chairman of the Regional and Conflict Resolution Committee, Abdullah Mwinyi said the Monday public hearing is also open to other stakeholders interested in attending, upon prior arrangement.
The EALA Regional Affairs and Conflict Resolution Committee (RACR) initially called for the public hearing workshop on January 13-16th, 2016 to review the petition by PALU submitted to EALA in November 2015.
However, the Assembly received a letter dated January 8 from the Government of Burundi, indicating their unavailability on the proposed dates but reiterating the desire to participate in the workshop after January 18, 2016.
Meanwhile, at the first public hearing an oral petition was made on behalf of the six petitioners by the PALU Chief Executive Officer, Don Deya.
On the second day the Workshop listened to the contributions from other invited stakeholders comprising of the representatives of Civil Society Organisations and the opposition parties in Burundi.
Once finalised, the RACR shall retreat and prepare its Report which will be forwarded to the Assembly for deliberations at 4th Meeting of the 4th Session which commences in Arusha on Monday, January 25, 2016 through to February 5, 2016.