Burundi: Commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye.

Burundi celebrated on Monday, October 22, 2018, the 25th anniversary of the assassination of the democratically elected president, Melchior Ndadaye.

The ceremonies marking this day began with a Mass celebrated at Regina Cathedral Mundi, in the presence of the high authorities of the country whose president of the Republic, Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza, the presidents of
the National Assembly and the Senate, the two vice-presidents of the Republic, the Ombudsman for
The Republic of Burundi, as well as government members and senior officials of the state.

Burundians invited to initiate concrete activities.

In his homily, the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Bujumbura, Bishop Anatole  Ruberinyange, called on all
Christians never to forget to pray and initiate concrete activities to help others who need it without any discrimination.

In this context, the faithful believers were invited to make internal conversion by working for a new Burundi where peace reigns, solidarity, and fraternity. Bishop Ruberinyange urged Christians to be pillars of peace, before adding that each of us must seek to inherit the kingdom of God.

High ranking officials present at the ceremonies.

The ceremonies of that day continued on the tomb of the hero of democracy where the President of the Republic, accompanied by his wife, laid a wreath of flowers, in tribute to late president Melchior Ndadaye. The same act was then posed respectively by the representative.

Diplomatic and Consular Corps accredited in Burundi, the family of the late President Melchior
Ndadaye, the families of the other missing persons and the representatives of the political parties

The participants in this ceremony also listened to the speech of the late President Melchior Ndadaye pronounced on the occasion of the victory of his party Sahwanya-FRODEBU. In this speech, he urged Burundians to join a new Burundi where everyone is equal before the law, mutual tolerance, resource sharing, and mutual aid.

Ceremonies held in Bubanza Province.

In Bubanza commune (northwestern Burundi), five political parties, namely CNDD-FDD, Sahwanya FRODEBU, FRODEBU Nyakuri iragi rya Ndadaye, UPRONA, and RANAC, as well as the “independent” deputy elected in the constituency of Bubanza, Mr. Fabien Banciryanino, laid wreaths at the monument of the hero of the democracy, as reported by the Burundi Press Agency.

In his address, the administrator of Bubanza commune, Mr. François Kazoviyo, made known that those who killed the democratically elected president had not yet understood the meaning of democracy. He said he was satisfied with the step already taken in democracy and appealed to his subjects to always consider strengthening security and consolidating peace, working in cooperation and strengthening the functioning of Joint Security Committees.

The festivities were started with a Mass at Christ the King Cathedral in Bubanza, where Bishop
Georges Bizimana called on Christians and other Burundians to avoid the law of retaliation, to banish
revenge, to love their enemies and to always favor forgiveness.

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