By Benjamin Jumbe
The Facilitator of the Inter-Burundi Dialogue and former Tanzania President, Benjamin William Mkapa, is set to begin implementation of the new road map on the peace process.
The roadmap developed and presented to the Mediator His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni on 2nd November, 2016 provides for a series of engagements between December 2016 and June 2017 that will culminate into an Agreement.
In a statement, Mkapa says he will in due course be visiting Burundi to confer with President Pierre Nkurunziza and also consult other significant political players.
This, he says will lay the foundation for a series of both formal and informal engagements with and among the various stakeholders, in and outside Burundi and also with international actors.
Mkapa acknowledge that since his appeal in May 2016; to Parties to the Conflict to desist from violent acts and give dialogue a chance, there has been a noticeable improvement on the security situation in Burundi.
He adds that the improved security situation in Burundi has also been echoed by the international community, urging the authorities and political actors to safeguard the gains of the EAC led process and Government efforts to stabilize Burundi.