EACJ holds public hearing on Burundi crisis

The East African Court of Justice is holding the first public hearing on the Burundi crisis in Arusha Tanzania.

The case involves the Pan African Lawyers Union together with East African Civil Society Forum and the Attorney General of Burundi.

The case filed on July 6th seeks among other things interim orders staying the elections in Burundi.

They also want the regional court to determine the decision of the constitutional court of Burundi on the list of presidential candidates, breaches of the rule of law and the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi 2000.

The group argues that the current political environment in Burundi is not conducive for a free and fair election, and president Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a 3rd term is unconstitutional.

The Pan African Lawyers Union is a continental membership forum for African lawyers and Lawyers Associations.