Dozens of Political parties in Burundi grouped under the Permanent Dialogue Forum (FDP) have collectively appealed for reviving and strengthening the country’s regional cooperation policies.
The appeal was made on Monday during a strategic workshop in Gitega the political capital of Burundi. Representatives of these parties were meeting to analyze the action plan of the FDP exercise 2020-2021.
“FDP’s action plan comprises of 4 axes aiming to promote the dialogue between the political parties including the reinforcement of the system of the political parties, the permanent dialogue on the national stakes, the participation in the improvement of the process electoral and regional integration and cooperation,” said Dixit Felicien Nduwuburundi, president of FDP.
According to Nduwuburundi , during the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the FDP will organize capacity building activities for political parties, and exchange meetings between the leaders of political parties.
Meanwhile, Nduwuburundi requested the political parties that had withdrawn from FDP to return to the fold and invited those that are not members to join in order to contribute together to the development of Burundi.
Despite the Arusha Peace Accord that aimed at encouraging the Burundian people to reconnect with the spirit of dialogue, consensus, democracy, and peaceful resolution of disputes embodied by the Arusha Agreement, the country has continuously suffered wide political divide.
The accord called on all leaders from across the political spectrum to show the courage and vision to resume dialogue with their rivals and look beyond their political differences.
However, under the last 15 years of late Pierre Nkurunziza rule, political parties have been whipped into submission and disintegration. Only the ruling party CNDD-FDD has an upper-hand coupled with a strong state-sponsored militia Imbonerakure.
The leadership of President Evariste Ndayishimiye is closely being monitored on how it will accommodate political parties and their right to hold his government accountable plus contributing to nation-building.