The African Union and East African Community leader and facilitator and former Tanzanian President His Excellency Benjamin William Mpaka are apparently waiting for Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to be sure that the delegation and the members of the peaceful dialogue are agreed upon before the actual meeting. That means the impartial and impertinent meeting of dialogue has already been scrutinized by the military and the executive of Burundian authorities, that means from the set-up the opposition has been side-lined.
This is not really news since Secretary General of the Supreme Court Agries Bangirienge who order that a dozens of individual and political activists not allowed joining in the Inclusive Dialogue as of 2nd February 2017. These are the lucky who are exiled and on a now non-exhaustive list: Moise Bucumi, Bernand Busokoza, rtd. Maj.Gen. Godefroid Niyombare, rtd. Brig. Gen.Philbert Habarugira, Leonard Ngerdakumana, Leonidas Hatungimana, Onesime Nduwimana, Liboire Bakundukize, Edouard Nibigira, Pacifique Nininahazwe, Patrick Ndikumana, Vital Nshimirimana, rtd. Maj. Gen. Pontien Gaciyubwenge and many more; the list in total contains of 34 individuals and many former high ranking officials in Burundi. So the Burundi authorities have already set the standard of who is allowed and who is banned.
Therefore with the list coming today from Mpaka, the chief negotiator is captivated by the government regime that shields itself with their strict regulation on people and who to speak too. So if Mpaka even wants to have anything to show for, he has to trade his scalps and be humble abode to the President Nkurunziza. This is shown with the list of today.
A list which states this on the bottom: “The Participation is subject to conclusion of discussion with President Nkurunziza to grant personal immunity”. Which translated meaning that President Nkurunziza allowed and set the standard for who to show-up and attend the negotiations, and also who was not allowed to attend. Like the sanctioned list of 2nd February shows the intent of Burundian authorities under Nkurunziza rule.
What the list also contains as the source is claiming that certain parties are not existing in the party register even, the likes of CNDD-FDD-Frondeur, FNL-Amizero or even the UPRONA-Amizero. If this is true, than there more capable evident that the CNDD-FDD are trying to look more multi-party friendly than they are, since they have already put sanctions on so many opposition who is in exile. Even as the news of Ex-Fab soldiers and former leaders are assassinated during the 2015 and 2016. I am just saying so if you didn’t know!
Maybe there would be viable opposition if the fear of oppression, militant behaviour and even free movement would help, since that is not existing and that certain former leaders of opposition leaders have been killed since 2015, the real opposition is either banned or sanctioned against. Therefore Nkurunziza prefers a discussion with himself and his loyal living allies instead of trying to offer a token of peace to the ones questioning his illegitimate government. Peace.