The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has resolved to send in police to politically troubled Burundi following months of alleged illegal arrests, killing, torture, and violence by the government of incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza.
Political chaos reigned supreme in Burundi after Nkurunziza forced himself into a third term of office, a move which prompted protests against the violation of the constitution.
The unrest saw more than 500 people killed while more than 250 000 others fled the country to the neighbouring East African countries of Tanzania, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Kenya.
In a landmark development, the UNSC resolved on Friday that its law enforcers be sent to restore order in Burundi.
Reacting to the UNSC’s move to send a force, Burundi foreign minister Alain Nyamitwe said his government would accept the UN outcome.
“This UN resolution is fine for us since it takes into account everything we have been saying. We have always been open to experts but never to sending of peacekeeping troops in Burundi,” said Nyamitwe.
The 15-member UNSC unanimously agreed to a draft resolution by France asking UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to ensure the global law enforcers were deployed to calm political unrest in the conflict torn East African country.
However, opposition parties in Burundi demanded that security forces, mainly the UN joint military, be deployed to the country to stop what they perceive as “genocide in making”.
Chairman of Burundi’s main opposition, Leonce Ngendakumana, said the nation would have preferred the UN security forces as opposed to police.
“That UN resolution brings nothings to us. We don’t want UN police but UN peacekeepers who would prevent Burundi from sliding into another civil war,” said Ngendakumana.