Burundi has threatened to sue the African Union over failure to pay its peacekeeping troops in Somalia.
President Pierre Nkurunziza said the Burundian forces serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) have gone for more than one year without salaries.
“Failure by the African Union to sort out the problem by next month, Burundian soldiers will pull out of the mission,” he said.
With 5,432 soldiers in Somalia, Burundi is the second leading contributor of troops under Amisom after Uganda. Others are Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.
The president accused the African Union of ‘undermining’ its peacekeepers whom the country spends a lot of its resources on, training and equipping them before they are sent to Somalia.
“People should know that no one can afford to pay us our soldiers’ lives and those who were injured,” he said.
“We made an agreement with them (AU) and then they decided not respect it.
“The Burundi government is ready to sue the AU and they will pay us with compensation on top of it,” President Nkurunziza said.
Amisom has struggled to pay its 22,000-strong peacekeepers fighting the Al Shabaab terrorist group after the main financier, the European Union, cut its funding by 20 per cent earlier this year.