The UN Security Council has approved the deployment a 228-police monitoring contingent to Burundi to help to end violence and human rights abuses that have erupted in the country to an end, the Doha-based global television network, Al-Jazeera reports.

Violence erupted in the country as some stakeholders protested against the continuation in office of President Pierre Nkurunziza’s who won an unconstitutional election last year.

More than 450 people have been killed while more than 200,000 have fled their homes since the violence began .

Violent protests followed assertions that the country’s constitution did not permit a third term of office for the president and that his overstay in office violated a peace deal that ended the country’s civil war in 2005.

Al-Jazeera quoted France’s UN Ambassador Francois Delattre as saying that the deployment of the police contingent was a a strong act of preventive diplomacy.

He said: “given an increase in violence and tension, the Security Council must have eyes and ears on the ground to predict and ensure that the worst does not occur in Burundi.”

Author: Ope Adedeji