Bu­rundi loses sum­mit

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BUJUMBURA: The Com­mon Mar­ket for East­ern and South­ern Africa (Comesa) has with­drawn Bu­rundi’s right to host the sum­mit of heads of mem­ber states sched­uled for Oc­to­ber.

In a letter sent to the Bu­run­dian gov­ern­ment, Comesa sec­re­tary­gen­eral Sindiso Ng­wenya said Bu­rundi did not ful­fil the re­quired con­di­tions to host the sum­mit. Among rea­sons pro­vided, was that Bu­rundi did not have ad­e­quate trans­porta­tion for VIPs. Ng­wenya added that the Bu­run­dian gov­ern­ment had not al­lowed an ad­vance party to visit hotels to check whether there were enough rooms for all the del­e­ga­tions. ANA

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