BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
Burundi will attend a forthcoming summit of heads
of state of the six-member East African Community (EAC) due on
Dec. 27 in Tanzania’s Arusha, after it was postphoned due to
Burundi’s absence, Burundian president spokesperson Jean Claude
Karerwa said Saturday.
Burundi had enough
time to prepare for the 20th summit of EAC heads of
state, said Karerwa during a live radio program of spokespersons
from Burundi’s senior institutions.
Pierre Nkurunziza may attend the summit or designate a senior
government official to represent him, he said.
originally scheduled to start on Nov. 30 in Arusha was postponed
due to a lack of quorum after the absence of representatives
requested more time for preparing the summit in a letter to
Ugandan President and EAC chairperson Yoweri Museveni.
He said the
invitation letter to the summit dated on Oct. 30 reached his
office on Nov. 21, while the rules of procedures of EAC heads of
state summit provide that an ordinary summit gives member states
at least four weeks for preparation.
Attackers kill two in southern
Rwanda, says military
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
At least two Rwandans were killed and eight
others injured when unidentified attackers torched three
passenger vehicles Saturday evening in southern Nyamagabe
district, near the border with Burundi, a military official
Army spokesman Lt.
Col Innocent Munyengango said in a statement that the attackers
fled into a forest and that the army was pursuing them.
Two days earlier,
President Paul Kagame said two Rwandan soldiers were killed by
rebels who crossed the border from the Democratic Republic of
Border areas in
eastern African countries have seen a continuity of sporadic
attacks from rebel groups in recent years.
Early this month at
an East African regional meeting on cross-border terrorism,
Uganda’s police chief Okoth Ochola said pockets of outlawed
armed groups had inflicted untold suffering to the people of
Uganda, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Central