An old African adage says "You can only do the best by taking a horse to the stream but you can't force it to drink of the water therein". This aforementioned adage I believe depicts totally the events unfolding in the land of Burundi right now. There so many phenomena albeit political, ethnic, economical and maybe religious issues happening in that relatively tiny African nation that one can easily be overwhelmed with if not careful. So for this main reason,this piece will be centred on the latest scene being played out in the "Burundi movie" which is the government's refusal to accept the peace-keeping forces about to be deployed into the country by the African Union (AU).
Let's get this straight, does the African Union stands for? African Union was a body constituted and created by Africa herself and agreed upon by her 53-member nations to be the the apex body in conducting the political, economical, religious and social affairs of the African countries in the most peaceful manner devoid of prejudice,bias or sentiments. They reserve the ultimate right albeit democratically to govern the state of affairs in Africa and say "YES" or "NO" to matters of urgency if the need arises. This power was duly vested and agreed upon by the parties involved who are in this case,the African nations of which Burundi is not an exception. And any country that goes against this,defying their order would be duly sanctioned. This is supposedly the focal point of the rule of law guiding its affairs.
The number one and the most important job of the AU is the security of lives and properties. This is the first thing before anything. Anything short of this is a failure on their part, a massive failure at that. The AU are responsible for each and every living being in the African continent irrespective of the country they are found including Burundi. And clearly the events unfolding in Burundi recently has been nothing short of devastation and destruction to say the least. There has been loss of lives and properties, indiscriminate killings, consistent violence and disregard for human rights. It was clear to all and sundry that it was time for AU to step in and put a stop to the brouhaha. The AU deploying a strong 5000-troop to halt the non-stop violence and restore peace and order to that war ravaged nation was one of the best decisions I have seen them take in years. That was a great decision they took. It shows how active the AU are to matters of urgency. That was the right thing to do. Nothing short of that. Huge credits must go to them.
The government of Burundi headed by Pierre Nkurunziza has no right whatsoever to reject these peace-keeping forces that have come to stop the war he himself started. He ignited this war the moment he forcefully manipulated their constitution by engineering his way to a 3rd term in office. He should have let the sleeping dog lie by bowing out of office honorably. Rejecting these AU troops is nothing but a sheer act of cowardice and irresponsibility. A typical act of an authoritarian and dictator,and this goes against the ethics of 21st century politics. He should remember this goes beyond just the government of Burundi. This is not just a matter for Burundi alone, it goes beyond them. Human lives are at stake here. They should remember these individuals are not just Burundi citizens, they are Africans; African people, and the AU are responsible for the security of African lives.
This was a war that has been ignited since the 2nd quarter of the year and has been escalating ever since. It is now clear to Africa and to the international community that the government of Burundi and it's military CANNOT handle this anymore,they can't guarantee the security of lives and properties of the Burundian people. A more competent hand needs to step in, hence the intervention of the African Union.
Dr Pierre Nkurunziza and his government has no other option but to gracefully accept the strong 5000 peace-keeping forces being deployed to them by the AU in good fate and let peace and order reign. This will be for the sake of Africa, not just Burundi alone. Anything short of this will lead only to one result catastrophe! Wouldn't he rather avoid this?
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