US President Barack Obama has maintained sanctions against four men in Burundi who are reportedly most culpable for the threat to peace in the troubled country. According to the media, the situation in Burundi also ‘poses an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States’.
Under Executive Order 13712 of November 22, 2015, Allain-Guillaume Bunyoni, the minister for Public Safety; Godefroid Bizimana, deputy director general of the National Police, General Godefroid Niyombare who was head of the failed coup of May and Cyrille Ndayirukiye, former Minister of Defense, are facing sanctions for their responsibility over the violence that engulfed the country last year, following a failed coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government.
‘The US President Barack Obama imposed sanctions against them for their responsibility concerning the violence that shook Burundi. Thus, all properties and interests of these four persons that are in the US are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported or withdrawn,’ a statement indicates.
Obama’s directive was copied to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate.
According to the media the situation in Burundi is still marked by unrest, incitement to violence, killings, violence against civilians and significant political repression.