Leonce Ndarubagiye, one of five representatives of Burundi in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) who had at first declined to attend the EALA sitting in Kigali citing personal security reasons arrived in Kigali yesterday for activities of the assembly.
MP Ndarubagiye is a member of CNDD-FDD Burundi’s leading political party.
The five MPs had filed complaints to the speaker of EALA,Daniel Fred Kidega through a written letter saying they could not attend the sittings, citing personal security reasons. Other MPs boycotting the assembly include Bucumi Emerence, Jean Marie Muhirwa, Ndahayo Isabelle and Nengo Emmanuel.
When a journalist asked Ndarubagiye about why he delayed coming for the sittings, he declined to comment.
In a press briefing following the launch of EALA General Assembly, the speaker Daniel Fred Kidega said that Burundians absence could not interrupt the sessions.
“To assume a quorum, each country has to be represented by at least three members,” he said.
Ndarubagiye joins four Burundi MPs who arrived earlier during the launch of Kigali-EALA sitting including Amb Jeremie Ngendakumana, Ngenzebuhoro Frederic K, Dr Martin Nduwimana and Nsabimana Yves.