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Burundi/Kenya: What Ndayishimiye’s visit with Kenyatta means for the EAC

By Victor Abuso
Posted on Friday, 4 June 2021 15:10

Burundi’s President Evariste Ndayishimiye speaks at Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium in Kisumu County on 1 June 2021. (Photo Twitter/@StateHouseKenya)

With a recent visit to neighbouring Kenya, Burundi’s President Evariste Ndayishimiye is carrying on his diplomatic mission to reestablish his country as a key strategic partner for trade, investment and politics in the East Africa Community, with a message that the tiny nation is ready for closer and better cooperation.

Kenya was his third country to visit in the region after he acceded to power in June 2020, following his election.

His first visit as president was last year, to Tanzania, a country that many Burundians consider a second home, given that it houses the largest population of Burundian refugees (140,740) , but also imports majority of its goods through the Dar es Salaam Port.

While in Tanzania, he referred to the Late President John Magufuli as his father, remarks he repeated while visiting Uganda in May when he met his counterpart Yoweri Museveni.