Burundi rejects new UN mediator over negative elections report

 Abdoulaye Bathily, The UN Special Representative in Central Africa and the new mediator in the Burundi talks is proposing new election calendar

Abdoulaye Bathily, The UN Special Representative in Central Africa and the new mediator in the Burundi talks is proposing new election calendar

The Burundian government this Sunday rejected the new mediator in the on and off talks to end the crisis in the central African nation, The UN Special Representative to Central Africa, Abdoulaye Bathily accusing him of Bias.

The government’s move was a reaction to the UN Elections mission in Burundi’s report last week that the June 29 elections were held “in a tense political crisis, and a climate of widespread fear and intimidation”

Bathily has been told to “resign from his post because he seriously lacked respect for the country’s sovereignty,” a spokesman for the ruling CNDD-FDD party, Gelase-Daniel Ndabirabe, told AFP Sunday.

The government says instead of introducing himself to the top government leaders in the country, Bathily has been holding meetings with the opposition and civil society.

Bathily is the second mediator in the unsuccessful talks to resolve the conflict that has rocked the tiny and poor central African nation since April.

His predecessor Said Djinnit, resigned in June after being accused by the opposition and civil society of government bias. They wrote to the UN Secretary General requesting he withdraws him.

Now in a tit for tat move the Burundian ruling coalition has wrote to the UN Secretary General saying Bathily “has produced a critical report not reflecting reality on the scene, saying that elections of June 29 were not ‘free and credible’, while (the ruling coalition) believe that these elections were ‘transparent, fair ,free and credible and were held in peace and security.

EAC leaders are set to meet in Dar es Salaam Monday to discuss the worsening crisis that has forced more than 144, 000 people of Burundi to neighbouring countries in the region.