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Burundi to attend EAC summit after postponement: spokesman

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.

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza may attend the summit or designate a senior government official to represent him, he said.

The summit originally scheduled to start on Nov. 30 in Arusha was postponed due to a lack of quorum after the absence of representatives from Burundi.

Nkurunziza had 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.

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EARLIER REPORT:

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 said.

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 Congo.

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 Africa.

           

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