Great Lakes Region may relocate to Lusaka

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FOREIGN Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba says Zambia has been proposed by the Great Lakes Region to host its secretariat after the failed coup against Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza’s government by military officers.

In an interview in Angola’s capital Luanda, Mr. Kalaba said Burundi had so much turbalance that it was reasonable for the Great Lakes Region to relocate its secretariat and allow peace prevail in that country.

“There is turbulance taking place in Burundi and there are proposals made to have the secretariat for the Great Lakes Region move to Zambia on a tamporal basis as the situation is yet to settle in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura,” said Mr. Kalaba.

He said the Great Lakes Region preferred Zambia to any other country and would await for the decision from the Heads of State conference which starts today in Luanda.

Mr. Kalaba said that Zambia was already housing the Centre for Good Governance and Democracy and that it was only prudent  to move the GLR secretariat to Lusaka. “This preference for Zambia shall wait the Heads of States decision.

‘‘Ours as ministers is just a proposal looking at what is happening in Bunjumbura. And we have a situation where our staff have been detained and are yet to be released.” Mr Kalaba said.

He said the Heads of States would be meeting the President of Burundi in the next few weeks to resolve the matter and concerns raised by stakeholders in that country.

Mr. Kalaba also refused to state when those detained would be released, saying that the Great Lakes Region president’s were committed and concerned over the unfolding events in Burundi.



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