(By Estera Popowska)
A statement from Uganda’s State House issued on Tuesday said United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has asked Ugandan President Museveni to intervene and help avert a degeneration of the political crisis in Burundi sparked off by its leader Pierre Nkurunziza’s move to extend his stay in power.
Daily Monitor says the UN's request came hours before the Burundian Constitutional Court cleared President Nkurunziza to contest for a third term as president.
“The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to President Yoweri Museveni to help avert the deteriorating situation in Burundi and restore peace,” the statement said.
On Monday, a senior Burundian judge, Sylvere Nimpagaritse, fled the country, saying judges were under “enormous pressure and death threats” from senior government figures to rubberstamp the controversial presidential candidature.
Mr Ki-moon was meeting Ugandan President Museveni on the sidelines of the UN high level debate on UN cooperation with regional and sub-regional organisations in the maintenance of global peace and security for development.
According to sources, President Museveni recently held a meeting with diplomats from European Union where he was asked to intervene and stop Mr Nkurunziza from standing for president again.
But President Museveni told them that the Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana who was also in the meeting would study the Burundian power- sharing agreement that brought Mr Nkurunziza into power in 2005 and brief him before he could talk to his Burundian counterpart.
The Ugandan president himself was in the past accused of amending the Ugandan constitution to allow him contest for presidency with no limits. The Ugandan head of state has been in power since 1985/6 since taking over government through a rebellion ( Source: Daily Monitor)